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Study Up: Campus Fire Prevention Tips for a Safe Year at School

Three students studying in a dorm room.As a parent whose child is just starting college, you have a lot of things on your mind. And one of them should be campus fire safety.

There’s a lot to consider, like safe cooking habits, smoke alarms and escape routes, but discussing those things could save your student’s life.

From January 2000 to May 2015 in the United States, there were 85 fatal fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and off-campus housing, resulting in 118 fatalities.

Learn how your college student can stay fire safe at school in this recent DPS blog post.

Training Season is Wrapping up, but Minnesota Riding Season isn't!

Photo of a motorcycle training course.Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center training courses wrap up at most sites in September, so riders who haven't taken advantage of training this season will likely have to wait until next year, but riders can always take the time to improve their riding skills.

Head to an open parking lot and practice a 28-foot U-turn on your motorcycle, so you're ready to complete the MN Advanced Rider Course next season. Practice swerving at slower speeds so you're prepared for any road hazards you might encounter before the season ends.

Always make safety a priority and take time to make sure you're the best rider you can be. Additional safety tips can be found here.


AGED Official, Former Sports Gambling Addict Discuss Dangers of Illegal Sports Bets

sports-betting-news-conf.jpgThe NFL and college football seasons are underway and agents from the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division will be on the lookout for illegal sports gambling to protect consumers.

The American Gaming Association estimated $4.7 billion was wagered on the Super Bowl last year, most of it illegal betting.

AGED agents expect an increase in illegal sports betting with the Super Bowl coming to Minneapolis in February.

If you think illegal sports betting is harmless, just listen to Don Weinberger’s story.

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Video Description: Lindsay Cardinal was on her way home from picking up her children at day care when her life suddenly ended in a Jan. 31, 2017, traffic crash. Her husband Matt, now a widower at age 33, is left to raise their three young children on his own.