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Dennis Lazenberry: From Rookie to Legacy

Portrait of Dennis LazenberryBlack History Month gives Dennis Lazenberry an opportunity to reflect on his own history.

Lazenberry was proud to be a part of the State Patrol, but his skin color affected every stage of his career. “I wasn’t just a trooper,” he recalls, “I was ‘the black trooper.’” And even though Lazenberry experienced his share of racism, he wouldn’t have traded his 24 years as a trooper for the world.

Learn more about what it was like to be the fourth black trooper in the State Patrol’s history – and why he loved it – in our latest blog.

Commissioner Harrington Discusses Priorities, Vision for DPS

Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington"We want people to feel like this is their Department of Public Safety and we are going to serve them all," Commissioner John Harrington told MPR’s Angela Davis during a recent interview.

Harrington sat down with Davis to talk about his top priorities and vision for DPS. Their discussion touched on school safety, diversity and inclusion, first responder mental health, police use of force, crime prevention and much more.

"I want to make sure Minnesotans are safe," Harrington told Davis. "I'm completely excited about tackling all the responsibilities DPS has." Get to know our new commissioner by listening to the full conversation.

What Do a Gas Meter and a Windshield Have in Common?

A gas meter with snow on itSnow and ice affect pretty much every aspect of our lives in the winter months. If you’re not scraping it off your car, you’re shoveling it off your sidewalks or simply hiding indoors where it’s warm and cozy.

But there’s one more thing affected by snow and ice that you may not think of: your natural gas meter. If gas is what makes your home warm and cozy (or at least runs some of your appliances), you’ll need to give it a little love when it snows.

Learn why and how to clear your meter of snow and ice in our blog.

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Description: Catch up on recent DPS news and events in the latest edition of "Public Safety: In Focus."