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STATE OFFICIALS URGE MOTORCYCLISTS TO SEEK SAFETY TRAINING


Wed, Mar 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Public safety officials are encouraging all motorcyclists, even experienced riders, to tune up their riding skills just as they tune up their bikes for the riding season. Minnesota Department of Public Safety preliminary data show there were 52 motorcyclist fatalities in 2009, underscoring the need for proper safety training so riders learn-or relearn-how to control their bikes in an emergency.

Motorcycle safety training is available statewide April-September; find course schedules atwww.motorcyclesafety.state.mn.us or call 800-407-6677.

Last week, the state recorded its first crash of the riding season when a motorcycle rider and passenger were seriously injured on I-94 in St. Paul. The driver lost control of the motorcycle after attempting to swerve around a mattress in the road.

"Motorcycles are more difficult to operate than other vehicles. Many riders, even those with years of experience, do not know how to steer, swerve, or stop quickly in an emergency," says State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske. He notes that adding to springtime risks are potholes, sand and ice left over from long winter.

A common misconception riders have is that it is best to "lay the bike down" to avoid hitting another vehicle. Trained riders know how to use their brakes to stop the bike without laying it down. "It doesn't matter how long you've been riding, if you've never taken a safety course, you are missing some vital information that may save your life," said Roeske.

Motorcycle safety training is for beginners and experienced riders and teaches emergency braking, critical handling techniques such as steering, cornering and swerving, as well as the mental strategies used to identify problems before they lead to crashes.

NEW REPORT REVEALS IMPACT OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ON MINNESOTA

Tue, Mar 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 9, 2010 - According to the Alzheimer's Association's® 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, ....



Rising Prevalence

There are 5.3 million Americans living with the disease, including 97,7 ..... 
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TEENS CALLED ON TO CREATE TV COMMERCIALS TO DISCOURAGE TEXTING AND DRIVING

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and AAA Minnesota/Iowa is calling on Minnesota's teenagers to do "thumbthing" about the dangers of texting and driving by participating in the Don't Text and Drive, Teens! TV Commercial C ..... 
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Ropes: Minnesota needs jobs, jobs, jobs

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Making job creation the first priority of the 2010 legislative session, the Minnesota Senate recently passed a comprehensive capital investment package. State Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, was pleased that the Senate package included job ..... 
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SUPER BOWL DWI ENFORCEMENT TO FLAG IMPAIRED DRIVERS FOR "ILLEGAL USE OF KEYS"

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesotans planning to party for Super Bowl weekend need to make the call for a safe and sober ride as added DWI patrols will be on the roads. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports during Super Bowl weekends 2006-2008, M ..... 
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Minnesota Wildlife Officer Honored with NWTF Award

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Conservation Officer Robert Mlynar with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for his efforts in conserving America's wildlife.

Mlynar, of Aitkin, Minn., w ..... 
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Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon awards $200,000 in grants to 23 schools across the state for student-led energy projects

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

February 4th, Statewide Minnesota - The Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon (MnSCC) Project has announced the award of over $200,000 in 19 grants to 23 public high schools, colleges and universities across Minnesota. Projects range from making energy im ..... 
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MINNESOTA AFL-CIO ENDORSES MARK RITCHIE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE, REBECCA OTTO FOR STATE AUDITOR

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul---The Minnesota AFL-CIO has endorsed Mark Ritchie for Secretary of State and Rebecca Otto for State Auditor for re- election. The seventy member General Board made their decision in time for the start of the caucus and convention season.
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Feb. 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Nearly half of the total AIDS cases reported in the U.S. occur among African-Americans, even though they represent just 13 percent of the U.S population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost half of the ..... 
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