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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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DPS: Labor Day Weekend Averages 6 Traffic Deaths, 500 DWIs

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) says their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will conclude this Labor Day weekend – a holiday period that averages 6 traffic-related deaths and 500 DWIs. According to the DPS, there were 17 traffic-related deaths, 32 life-altering injuries and almost 1,600 DWI arrests during the Labor Day holiday period from 2010-2012. In the past five years, there were 585 total drunk-driving-related deaths in Minnesota.

08/30/2013

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DPS Releases Final 2012 Drunken Driving Report

As the statewide DWI crackdown continues through Labor Day, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released the final 2012 drunken driving report.

08/26/2013

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DPS: Ignition Interlock Greatly Reduces Reoffenders

The ignition interlock device program has been extremely effective at reducing reoffenders in Minnesota, according to information released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Wednesday.

08/21/2013

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Authorities Live-Tweeting DWI Arrests As Enforcement Increases

You may think you’ve heard it before, but troopers say people aren’t really listening. Lt. Eric Roeske with the State Patrol said Friday that “with over 500 killed in the last five years, drunk driving remains a huge problem.”

08/16/2013

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DPS: 5 Road-Related Deaths, 560 DWIs During July 4th Holiday Week

Five car crash-related deaths and 560 DWI arrests occurred during the Fourth of July holiday period, says the Department of Public Safety. During the holiday period – from Wednesday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, July 7 – there were five people killed in four crashes. Three of the deaths were motorcyclists killed in two separate crashes on July 4 – the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota roads, according to DPS records. On the evening of July 3, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in south Minneapolis.

07/08/2013

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State Emergency Center Opens After Spring Snow Storm

Spring snow fall has triggered partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

04/10/2013

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Iowa Teen Shot By Sheriff Charged In Incident

A teenager shot by an Iowa sheriff after authorities say the boy refused to drop a weapon has been arrested in connection with the November incident.

03/05/2013

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DPS Program Gives Over 4,500 Car Seats To Families

Thousands of Minnesota families have benefited from a program that provides free car seats to those in need.

The Department of Public Safety says that over the last two years it has provided 4,591 car seats through a program that ensures low-income families are transporting their kids safely.

The program started in 1994 and is administered by the DPS Office of Traffic Safety.

Families that meet low-income guidelines may be eligible to get car seats at more than 100 locations statewide. The seats are from local public health offices, hospitals, law enforcement, fire departments and other agencies that partner with DPS.

Child passenger safety coordinator Heather Darby says the proper use of car seats is critical. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of deaths to children age 14 and under.

02/25/2013

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Auditor Says Minn. Police’s Data Use Has Problems

Eighty-eight law enforcement officials improperly looked up Minnesotans’ driver’s license information in the last year, according to a statewide audit Wednesday that called for tighter controls on such databases.

02/20/2013

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Lawsuit Says Drug Training Program Violated Rights

Six people who claim they were given drugs as part of a now-suspended training program for police are suing the state of Minnesota, alleging the program was an “unethical clinical trial.”

02/01/2013

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