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How Broken Hearts Can Save Lives

Barb Degnan speaks at a news conference where a broken heart license plate is displayed

Barb Degnan’s son Dan was killed by an impaired driver in a crash on Christmas Eve, 1992. He was just 20 years old. The selfish person who chose to get behind the wheel that night ensured that the holidays would be a time of mourning instead of joy for the Degnan family from that year on.

“Dan was the joy of my life,” said Barb in a 2014 news conference, her voice shaking with emotion. “He was killed by an impaired driver.” But Barb channeled her grief into action, helping to create the broken heart license plate. Learn more about this memorial to Dan and all victims of impaired driving in this blog.

This Winter, Stay Warm … and Safe

A blanket over a space heater catching fire

There’s no getting around it: Winter weather has definitely set in, and you’ve had the heat on for at least a couple of weeks. Staying warm is good, whether it’s from a furnace, fire in the fireplace, or space heater. But the very things that keep us cozy in the cold can endanger our lives. When the temperature drops, the number of fires spikes.

Fortunately, like most fires, wintertime fires are mostly preventable if you just take a few precautions on the front end. Our recent blog will tell you how to stay safe while you’re keeping warm.

TSA: Yes, Minnesota Enhanced Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards Can Be Used to Fly Domestically Oct. 1, 2020

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reminding the nation that enhanced driver’s licenses and ID cards can be used to fly within the United States once the federal REAL ID enforcement deadline takes effect Oct. 1, 2020.

In a recent blog post, the TSA assures that state-issued enhanced driver’s licenses or ID cards will be accepted at the security checkpoint come Oct. 1, 2020. Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington offer EDLs and EIDs. These comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and can be used as U.S. border crossing documents by land or by sea.

A Minnesota EDL/EID costs $15 in addition to the standard license or ID card fee. They are only issued to U.S. citizens. Additional information about EDL/EIDs is online.

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Video Description: Lt. Gordon Shank of the Minnesota State Patrol shares an important reminder about Minnesota’s hands-free cell phone law and the importance of driving distraction free.