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In Less Than A Week, 5 Motorcyclists Have Died On Minn. Roads

State officials say five motorcyclists have died on Minnesota roads in less than a week, bringing the year’s fatality total up to six.

04/20/2015

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Fire At Waite Park Business Under Investigation

Officials in Waite Park are investigating the cause of an early Sunday morning fire at a granite-crushing company.

04/12/2015

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Dayton Activates Minnesota National Guard To Fight Wildfires

Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on the Minnesota National Guard to fight wildfires across the state. The Guard and the state Department of Public Safety will supply two Blackhawk helicopters with 660-gallon water buckets to combat the blazes. The department says multiple fires were reported in east-central Minnesota Thursday.

04/02/2015

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Marijuana Wax Fire Leads To Grandmother’s Death, 2 Men Charged With Murder

There’s a new warning from Public Safety experts Wednesday about the dangers of cooking concentrated marijuana oil. It can lead to explosions and fires, like the one that has two St. Cloud men charged for the death of a grandmother.

03/25/2015

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Keep An Eye Out For Motorcyclists As They Return To Minn. Roads

Minnesotans are bringing out their motorcycles for the first time this season. While the weather is perfect for riding, other factors make this time of year especially dangerous for bikers.

03/11/2015

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Report Shows Gun Permits Down 30 Percent In 2014

Minnesota issued 30 percent fewer permits to carry firearms in 2014 than in 2013, reversing an upward trend.

03/02/2015

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Budget Fine Print: More Fines For Texting Drivers, Park Fees

Getting caught texting while driving could carry a steeper fine. Entrance fees at Minnesota state parks would rise slightly to pay for upkeep. Meat, poultry, canning and other food-production plants would be more likely to come under inspection thanks to beefed-up budgets.

01/28/2015

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Study: Workers Aren’t Prepared To Handle Oil Accident

A new report says Minnesota’s firefighters and first responders aren’t adequately prepared to handle an oil spill or fiery accident. Most local governments don’t have the equipment to respond to an oil accident, according to a Department of Public Safety report released this week. More than half of the workers surveyed said they need more training.

01/16/2015

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Woman With .45 BAC Found Parked In State Trooper’s Driveway During Holidays

A Freeborn county woman with a .45 blood alcohol concentration was found passed out in her car with the engine running. Apprehending the woman required little exertion: She had parked in a Minnesota state trooper’s home driveway.

01/06/2015

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MnDOT: November Is Peak Time For Deer-Car Collisions

Transportation officials are urging drivers to watch for deer as November is the peak time for deer-car collisions in Minnesota.

11/17/2014

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300 People Have Died On Minnesota Roads This Year

The death of a 29-year-old man in a Hubbard County rollover crash Friday marked the 300th death on Minnesota roads this year.

11/07/2014

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Good Questions: Partly Sunny, License Plates & Top 10 Weather Days

Joann from Arden Hills asked: What’s the difference between partly sunny and partly cloudy? “This is kind of a gray area,” said WCCO-TV Meteorologist Matt Brickman. “I think meteorologists give themselves a little leeway. I always think in terms of percentages.”

10/17/2014

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Dozens Of Oil Trains Pass Through Minnesota Weekly

Railroad documents released by the state Department of Public Safety show about 50 trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota are passing through Minnesota each week.

07/26/2014

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Officials: 2 Killed, Trooper Injured In Cannon Falls Crash

Two people died Friday afternoon in Cannon Falls, officials say, when their car pulled out in front a State Patrol squad car. The crashed happened near the intersection of 65th Street and County Road 24 just after 2:30 p.m.

07/04/2014

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06/19/2014

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Moms Want Target To Adopt Open Carry Policy

A national gun safety organization has set its sights on Minneapolis-based Target to stop gun-rights demonstrations in their stores. The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense launched a petition on Wednesday. They’re asking Target’s interim CEO John Mulligan to establish a policy to prohibit people from openly carrying guns in their stores.

06/04/2014

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Former Mille Lacs Deputy Charged With Sexually Assaulting Boys

A former Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputy could face up to 33 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges involving young boys that he took on fishing trips. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Aaron Joseph Heuer of Isle, Minn. pleaded guilty in Otter Tail County District Court to four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

03/21/2014

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DPS Urges Residents To Clear Gas Meters Of Snow

The Department of Public Safety is urging Minnesota residents who have homes heated with natural gas to clear their meters of ice and snow.

02/09/2014

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Officials: No DWI-Related Deaths Over Super Bowl Weekend

State officials say there were no DWI-related deaths on Minnesota roads over the Super Bowl weekend. While data shows authorities did arrest 175 drivers for DWI, there were no deaths where alcohol played a factor, the Department of Public Safety says.

02/03/2014

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Another Reason Not To Drink & Drive: The Hidden Costs Of DWI

Sending 2013 out with a bang is on the minds of many New Year’s Eve partygoers. For some, that celebration includes alcohol, and if you drink and drive be prepared to face the consequences.

12/31/2013

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More Than 1,000 Arrested For DWI Since Thanksgiving Eve

More than 1,000 people have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Minnesota since the day before Thanksgiving, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

12/12/2013

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Body Of 2nd Child Found In Lucan Farmhouse Fire

A family in western Minnesota is dealing with a tragic loss. The bodies of two of their children, who were unaccounted for after a fire started in their home, have been recovered.

12/05/2013

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DPS: 2 Children Unaccounted For, Firefighter Injured After Lucan Fire

Two children are still unaccounted for following a residential fire in rural Lucan Wednesday afternoon, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

12/04/2013

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As Winter Moves In, DPS Warns Of Driving Safety

With more snow forecasted to move through Minnesota over the next few days, the Department of Public Safety has reminded drivers to use extra caution. There were four fatal crashes throughout the state amid Monday’s snowfall, including one on Interstate 94 involving a jackknifed semi.

12/03/2013

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Driver’s Licenses, Typhoons & The Wild Mascot

Danyelle from Shorview asked: How long has Minnesota and the U.S. been issuing driver’s licenses?

11/15/2013

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