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The 12 (Safe) Ways of Christmas

Dec. 13

Forget partridges and lords a-leaping. No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, you can give your loved ones the gift of safety. It’s not something you can wrap up in a bow, but if you follow these 12 safety tips, you can avoid common situations that could ruin the holidays for you and your family...

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What we can learn from motorcycle fatalities

Dec. 10

Even one death – no matter what caused it – is one too many. And it’s important to remember, when looking at statistics about death, that the numbers represent people: parents, friends, cousins, colleagues. But we can also learn from these statistics in the hope of not repeating history. That’s why looking at the annual statistics for motorcycle deaths in Minnesota is so important. The preliminary numbers for show that 58 motorcyclists have died in 56 crashes so far in 201. That’s not the highest in our history – that was in 1980, when 121 motorcyclists died – but it’s not the lowest, either...

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Text-to-911 turns one

Dec. 6

Imagine taking your pontoon on the lake with your friends for the final cruise of the season. But the motor gives out, and you’re stranded. The sun is setting and it’s getting chilly. No big deal — you just call 911, right? But what if you and your friends are deaf? A group of friends on Lower Spunk Lake found themselves in this very situation. Fortunately, they remembered that Text-to-911 is available in Minnesota. DNR Conservation Officers were dispatched to the lake, where they towed the pontoon to shore and brought all four people to safety. Now that Minnesota’s Text-to-911 system...

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Applying for a REAL ID? Here’s how to save yourself some time.

Dec. 3

December has only just begun, and you’re probably already in the thick of the holiday jungle: the parties. The concerts. The decorating. And the shopping. If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve turned to online shopping to ease the burden. It’s so much easier to find what you want and, with a couple of clicks from the comfort of your own home, check off that box on your holiday to-do list. If getting your REAL ID is another of those boxes, don’t worry: Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) has employed a similar concept...

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Make the right choice this holiday season

Nov. 29

Eggnog. Mulled wine. Seasonal beers and festive cocktails. The holidays can pose tough choices. But there’s one choice that’s not only easy to make; it will save lives. That’s the choice not to drive if you’ve been drinking. For people who make the wrong choice, though, there is extra DWI enforcement on Minnesota roads. The campaign started Nov. 21 and runs every weekend through December 29. More than 300 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are working together to get drunk drivers off the road. Last year, from the day before Thanksgiving through December 30...