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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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Minn. Capitol Security Panel Revisits Gun Issue

An advisory committee on Minnesota Capitol security is preparing recommendations that could include a new notification process for handgun permit holders who want to bring firearms into the building.

11/05/2013

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DPS: Don’t Swerve For Deer On Roads

Now that fall is here, it’s a dangerous time on the road for deer crashes.

10/01/2013

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Report: Juvenile Arrests In Minn. Nearing 30-Year Lows

The number of property crime arrests for juveniles in Minnesota hit a 30-year low in 2011, and other types of juvenile arrests are nearing 30-year lows, according to a report released Thursday by the state’s Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (OJP).

09/19/2013

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DPS: Parents Need To Put Children In Booster Seats

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is urging parents to put their children in booster seats.

09/16/2013

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’: NFL Fines, Whiskey Plates & Sea Salt

Don from Eden Prairie and Linda from Roseville want to know: What happens to the money collected when NFL players are fined?

09/13/2013

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Good Question: How Does MN Decide Car Tabs Fees?

According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average Minnesota driver pays $125 per year to register his or her car. But some of us pay much more, and some of us pay much less. So, when Joel Tracy of St. Paul found out his daughter paid almost $400 her new minivan’s tags, he was surprised. He had only paid $41 for his 2002 Tahoe. “I thought she stuttered,” Tracy said. According to Bruce Gordon, the director of communications for the Department of Public Safety, the car tabs fees are set by the state legislature.

09/09/2013

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