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Travel Safely This Holiday Season

Winter Travel TipsThe holiday travel season is underway, which means many folks are hitting the road to see loved ones. If you’re going to be driving this winter, do these three things before you leave:

  1. Winterize your vehicle and pack an emergency supply kit.
  2. Share your travel plans with friends and family.
  3. Check road conditions and the weather forecast so you know what to expect.
Know before you go with our winter driving tips.​

Are You Winter Ready?

Winter Weather Threats Infographic
While we expect it every year, many of us often feel completely unprepared for winter.

Now is a good time to educate yourself on some common weather threats, such as extreme cold temperatures, wind chill, heavy snow and ice. Other topics include:
Be sure to watch our web, Facebook and Twitter pages for reminders on staying safe and warm this winter. You can also find additional winter safety tips here.

Wildfires: Preventable, Not Inevitable

Superior National Forest during the Greenwood Fire 
​If you felt there were a lot more wildfires than usual in Minnesota this year, you were right. Minnesota experienced one of its more active wildfire seasons in recent history. And although droughts create the perfect conditions for wildfires to flourish, the fact is that almost 90 percent of wildland fires in the U.S. are caused by people – and that makes them preventable.​

Our blog explains what dangerous behaviors to avoid and what to do around your property now to keep it safe from fire come spring.​​​​​​