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​3 New State Patrol K-9s Get to Work Sniffing Out Drugs

Trooper Kyle Goodwin and K-9 Keno demonstrate a narcotics search on the exterior of a vehicle.Three new crime fighters are helping the Minnesota State Patrol get drugs off the streets.

K-9s Keno, King and Remi recently completed 15 weeks of training to detect a variety of drugs hidden in places like vehicles, buildings and parcels. The dogs will be stationed with their handlers in the Marshall, Thief River Falls and west metro districts.

These latest additions bring the State Patrol’s K-9 unit up to 16 teams, stationed around the state. Fifteen of the K-9s are trained to sniff out the odors of narcotics like marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, and one is trained to detect explosives.

Learn more about the new K-9s in a recent DPS Blog post. Watch a new DPS MIC’D UP video for an inside look at their training.

Road Construction

​Road construction is all around us!

While crews work on improvements, roads  narrow and there are many lane changes from four-way to two-way traffic. 

Pay attention at all times in work zones, and that means putting the cell phone down and focusing 100 percent on the road.

In the last five years (2011 – 2015), 39 people have died and more than 3,700 people were injured in Minnesota work zone traffic crashes.

Drive the posted speed limit in construction zones, whether workers are present or not. It’s all of our responsibility to keep each other safe.

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Video Description: Three new K-9s - Keno, King and Remi - have joined the Minnesota State Patrol after 15 weeks of training. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the training process.