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DPS-DVS Completing Exam Station Openings in January43591/6/2022 5:00:00 PM<p>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services​ division (DPS-DVS) is in the process of opening all remaining exam stations that were closed during the pandemic. Fifty-one exam stations are opening this month, which means that all 93 stations will be open by Jan.&#160;​31. Please see the DPS-DVS news release from December for additional information&#58; <a href="https&#58;//bit.ly/3qQH9Kq" target="_blank" title="DPS-DVS December Exam Station Openings">https&#58;//bit.ly/3qQH9Kq</a>.</p><p>Customers can make appointments within two weeks of an exam station opening. Minnesotans can find a complete list of locations and services online at <a href="https&#58;//onlineservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/" target="_blank" title="DVS Online Services">drive.mn.gov</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">Below is a list of those exam stations scheduled to reopen in January.</span></p><p><strong>January Exam Station Openings</strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" summary="January Exam Station Openings"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;10%;height&#58;28px;"><strong>Location/Reopen date </strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;12%;height&#58;28px;"><strong>Address</strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;14%;height&#58;28px;"><strong>Days</strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;13%;height&#58;28px;"><strong>Time</strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;20%;height&#58;28px;"><strong>Services&#160;(by appointment only)</strong></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Ely </p><p>Jan 3<br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">27 1<sup>st</sup> Ave, Ely, MN 55731<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First and third Monday<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9&#58;30 a.m.- noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. - 3&#58;30 p.m.</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Class D skill tests </li><li>Knowledge tests 9&#58;15 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m.​ </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Foley</p><p>Jan 4</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">251 4<sup>th</sup> Ave. N, Foley, MN 56329</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First Tuesday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;">8&#58;30 a.m. - noon<br> <br>1 p.m. – 4&#58;15 p.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Class D skill tests</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Warren </p><p>Jan 4</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">208 E Colvin Ave. Warren, MN 56762</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First Tuesday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge test 10 a.m.&#160;–&#160;11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Jackson</p><p>Jan 5</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">402 White Street, Suite L2, Jackson, MN 56143</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First Wednesday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;">9&#58;00 a.m. &#160;– noon<br> <br>12&#58;30 p.m.- 3&#58;30 p.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Class D skill tests</li><li>Knowledge testing from 10&#58;00&#160;–&#160;11&#58;15 a.m.</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Baudette </p><p>Jan 6</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">206 8<sup>th</sup> Ave. SE, Baudette MN 56623</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First Thursday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>10 a.m. - noon</p><p>1 p.m. - 2&#58;30 p.m.</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Class D skill tests</li><li>Knowledge testing 10 a.m. –&#160;11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Motorcycle skills </li><li>Moped Skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Glenwood </p><p>Jan 6</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">7 1<sup>st</sup> St. NW, Glenwood MN 56334</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First Thursday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;">8&#58;30 a.m. – noon<br> <br>1 p.m. – 4 p.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Class D&#160; skill tests</li><li>Knowledge testing from 10&#160;–&#160;11&#58;15 a.m.</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>&#160;</p><p>Ada </p><p>Jan 7</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">15 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave. E, Ada, MN 56510</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First Friday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;">9&#58;30 a.m. - noon<br> 12&#58;30 p.m.&#160; – 3&#58;15 p.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Class D skill tests</li><li>Knowledge testing 10 a.m.&#160;–&#160;11&#58;15 a.m. </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Waseca </p><p>Jan 7</p><p>&#160;</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">300 North State Street, Waseca MN 56093</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First Friday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;30 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 4 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Hallock </p><p>Jan 11</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">410 S 5<sup>th</sup> ST. Hallock, MN 56728</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second Tuesdays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9&#58;30 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m.</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Class D skill tests</li><li>Knowledge testing 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Bagley</p><p>Jan 12</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;"><p>213 Main Ave. N</p><p>Bagley, MN 56621</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second Wednesday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. - noon</p><p>1 p.m. - 4&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. -11&#58;15 a.m.</li><li>Class D skills test</li><li>Moped skills test</li><li>Motorcycle skills test</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Benson</p><p>Jan 13</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">304 14<sup>th</sup> St. Benson, MN 56215</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second Thursdays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;45 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills test</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Breckenridge</p><p>Jan 14</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">300 S. 5<sup>th</sup> St., Breckenridge, MN 56520</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second Friday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9&#58;15 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills test</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Ivanhoe</p><p>Jan 14</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">311 N. Rebecca St. Ivanhoe, MN 56142</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second Friday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;45 a.m – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m - 3&#58;45 p.m.</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Ortonville</p><p>Jan 14</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">200 Monroe Ave. Ortonville, MN 56278</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second Friday</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9&#58;30 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Two Harbors</p><p>Jan 18</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;"><p>Temporary Location until May&#58;</p><p>320 Waterfront Dr.<br> Two Harbors, MN 55616</p><p>&#160;</p><p>Regular location&#58;<br> 417 South Ave Two Harbors MN 55616</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First and Third Tuesday</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 9&#58;15 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Blue Earth</p><p>Jan 19</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">415 South Grove St., Blue Earth MN 56013</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Third Wednesdays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;30 a.m. – noon </p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. - 4 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge Tests 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Montevideo </p><p>Jan 19</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">629 N. 11<sup>th</sup> St. Montevideo, MN 56265</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First, Third, Fifth&#160; Wednesdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4 p.m.</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Albert Lea</p><p>Jan 20</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">411 S. Broadway, Albert Lea, MN 56007</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Thursday/ Fridays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;30 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 - 4&#58;00 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 8&#58;30 a.m. – 9&#58;45 a.m. Class D skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Caledonia</p><p>Jan 20</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">304 South Marshall St. , Caledonia, MN 55921</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First, Second, Third, Fifth Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. - noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. - 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests, 9 a.m. – 10&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills test</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Le Center</p><p>Jan 21</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">88 South Park Ave. Le Center, MN 56057</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Third Friday</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;30 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. - 4 p.m.</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills Test</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Madison</p><p>Jan 21</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">600 6<sup>th</sup> St, Madison, MN 56256</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Third Friday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9&#58;15 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge testing 10 a.m.&#160;–&#160;11 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Long Prairie</p><p>Jan 21</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">42 3<sup>rd</sup> St. N, Long Prairie, MN 56347</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">First , Third, Fifth Friday </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge Tests 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Windom</p><p>Jan 24</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">1012 5<sup>th</sup> Ave. Room 20, Windom MN 56101</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Mondays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;45 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;45 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge Tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Wabasha</p><p>Jan 24</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">611 Broadway Ave. Wabasha, MN 55981</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Mondays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests&#160; 9 a.m. – 10&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Grand Marais</p><p>Jan 25</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">10 Broadway, Grand Marais, MN 55604</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second, fourth Tuesday</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 2&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge Tests 12&#58;30 p.m. – 1&#58;15 p.m. </li><li>Class D Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>International Falls</p><p>Jan 25</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;"><p>900 5<sup>th</sup> St., Room 211</p><p>&#160;International Falls, MN 56649</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Tuesdays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>10 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 2&#58;30 p.m.</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge Tests 10&#58;15 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills</li><li>Motorcycle Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Litchfield </p><p>Jan 25</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">900 N. Gilman Ave., Litchfield MN 55355</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Tuesdays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;45 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge Tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.</li><li>Class D Skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>East Grand Forks</p><p>Jan 26</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">929 5<sup>th</sup> Ave NE, East Grand Forks, MN 56721</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Wednesdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9&#58;30 a.m. – noon </p><p>1 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 9&#58;30 a.m. – 11 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills</li><li>Commercial Skills</li><li>Moped Skills</li><li>Motorcycle Skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Sauk Centre</p><p>Jan 26</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">818 Centre St. Sauk Centre, MN 56378</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Wednesdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. - 4 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>2<sup>nd</sup> Wednesday of month knowledge test 9 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>1<sup>st</sup>, 3<sup>rd</sup>, 4, 5<sup>th</sup> Wednesday Class D Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Olivia</p><p>Jan 26</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">500 E DePue Ave. Olivia MN 56277</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Wednesdays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;45 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills</li><li>Motorcycle Skills 2<sup>nd</sup> and 4<sup>th</sup> Wednesday 9 a.m. </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Luverne</p><p>Jan 26</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">1120 N. Blue Mound Ave., Luverne MN 56156</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Wednesdays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;45 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;45 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.</li><li>Class D Skills </li><li>Commercial Skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Granite Falls</p><p>Jan 26</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">641 Prentice St., Granite Falls, MN 56241</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second, fourth Wednesdays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;45 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>St. James</p><p>Jan 26</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">710 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave. South, St. James, MN 56081</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second, fourth Wednesdays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge test 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 am. </li><li>Class D Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Little Falls</p><p>Jan 26</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">107 2<sup>nd</sup> St. SE, Little Falls, MN 56345</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Wednesdays, Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 8 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. and 12&#58;30 p.m. -3&#58;45 p.m. </li><li>Class D Skills</li><li>Commercial Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>La Crescent</p><p>Jan 27</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">315 Main St. , La Crescent MN 55947</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Fourth Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 9 a.m. – 10&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Hibbing</p><p>Jan 27</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">401 E. 21<sup>st</sup> St, Hibbing MN 55746</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Thursdays, Fridays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;45 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 9&#58;15 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. Thursdays</li><li>Class D Skills </li><li>Commercial skills</li><li>Motorcycle skills</li><li>Moped skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Crookston</p><p>Jan 27</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">612 N. Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. - noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4 p.m.</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills</li><li>Commercial skills</li><li>Moped skills</li><li>Motorcycle skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Moose Lake</p><p>Jan 27</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">900 Folz Blvd, Moose Lake, MN 55767</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 9&#58;15 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class B, C skills, no Class A </li><li>Class D skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Paynesville</p><p>Jan 27</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">221 Washburne Ave. Paynesville MN 56362</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>2<sup>nd</sup> Thursday of month Knowledge tests 9 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>1<sup>st</sup>, 3<sup>rd</sup>, 4<sup>th</sup>, 5<sup>th</sup> Thursdays class D Skills </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Pipestone</p><p>Jan 27</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">416 Hiawatha Ave. South, Pipestone MN 56164</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9&#58;15 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Redwood Falls</p><p>Jan 27</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">403. South Mill St. Redwood Falls MN 56283</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11 am. </li><li>Class D Skills</li><li>Reinstatement fees 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Wadena </p><p>Jan 27</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">17 5<sup>th</sup> St. SW, Wadena MN 56482</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m.&#160;–&#160;11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills</li><li>Commercial Skills </li><li>Motorcycle Skills<br></li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Wheaton</p><p>Jan 27</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">702 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave. N, Wheaton, MN 56296</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second, fourth Thursdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9&#58;15 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;15 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge Tests 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Aitkin</p><p>Jan 28</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">20 Third St. NE, Aitkin, MN 56431</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Fridays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;30 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 4 p.m.</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>2<sup>nd</sup> Friday of the month Knowledge tests 2<sup>nd</sup> Friday 8&#58;30&#160;–&#160;11&#58;15 </li><li>Class D Road 1<sup>st</sup>, 3<sup>rd</sup>, 4<sup>th</sup>, 5<sup>th</sup> Fridays 8&#58;30-3 p.m. </li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Morris</p><p>Jan 28</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">603 Oregon Ave. Morris MN 56267</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Second, fourth Fridays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 10 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D Skills<br></li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Preston</p><p>Jan 28</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">210 Fillmore St. W, Preston, MN 55965</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Fridays </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge tests 9 a.m. – 10&#58;15 a.m.<br></li><li>Class D Skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Roseau</p><p>Jan 28</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;"><p>121 Center Street East, Suite 100</p><p>Roseau, MN 56751</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Fridays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>9&#58;30 a.m. – noon</p><p>1 p.m. – 3&#58;30 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge testing 9&#58;30 a.m. – 11&#58;15 a.m. </li><li>Class D skills</li><li>Commercial skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;10%;"><p>Slayton</p><p>Jan 28</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;12%;">2500 28<sup>th</sup> St, Slayton MN 56172</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;14%;">Fridays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;13%;"><p>8&#58;45 a.m. – noon</p><p>12&#58;30 p.m. – 3&#58;45 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>Knowledge Testing 10 a.m.&#160;–&#160;11 am.</li><li>Class D Skills</li></ul></td></tr><tr 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Officer, Subject Identified in Austin Officer Involved Shooting Incident183112/28/2021 9:00:00 PM<p>​​ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who discharged his weapon during an incident on Dec. 23 in Austin. Officer Zachary Gast has been with the Austin Police Department for two years. He is on standard administrative leave.</p><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">The man who died during the incident was identified by the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office today as Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, 38, of Austin. Mr. Fiafonou died of homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds. A knife was recovered at the scene near Mr. Fiafonou’s body.</span><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Austin Police Department <a href="/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Documents/Press%20release%20Austin%20PD%2012-24-21.DOCX" title="link to austin news release">released information about t​​​he incident​</a>​&#160;on Dec. 24. The agency does not use body-worn cameras. Squad video captured portions of the incident.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The BCA’s investigation of the officer involved shooting is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Mower County Attorney’s Office for review.<br></div><div><br></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###<br></div><p><br>​<br></p>12/29/2021 3:35:51 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Bruce Gordon  651-201-7171 bruce.gordon@state.mn.us 199https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
DPS Reaches Out To Partners About Viral Tik Tok Threats426412/17/2021 9:00:00 PM<div>​ST. PAUL — Law enforcement and school administrators nationwide have seen an increase in the number of social media posts threatening school violence. Many of the social media posts contain similar wording or are duplicate posts not related to verified threats. The threats prompted some schools in Minnesota to close early on Friday.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota reported 29 threats to schools in Minnesota with nearly half of those threats coming in the last 24 hours. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) is unaware of any credible or a specific threat to schools in Minnesota. DPS encourages anyone with information about a possible threat to contact their local law enforcement agency so the threat can be thoroughly investigated.<br></div><div><br></div><div>“Even though we have not seen any credible threat, it’s important for any report to be investigated to keep children and school’s safe,” said DPS Assistant Commissioner Booker Hodges. “It’s important for people to report any perceived threat to their local law enforcement agency.”</div><div><br></div><div>The State Fusion Center at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the School Safety Center in the DPS Homeland Security and Emergency Management division shared a message with schools, law enforcement and other partners alerting them of the threats. The ongoing threats circulating nationally on social media noted today, Dec. 17, as the date to carry out the threats.</div><div><br></div><div>Law enforcement takes these threats very seriously and is continuing to follow up. DPS is unaware of any credible or a specific threat but encourages vigilance and the reporting of any threats or suspicious activity to authorities for vetting and investigation. People can make an anonymous report using the fee BCA S<a href="/divisions/bca/Pages/bca-tip-app.aspx">ee It, Say It, Send It app​</a> available on Android and Apple devices.</div><div>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###<br></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>12/17/2021 8:42:23 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Doug Neville  6512017562 douglas.neville@state.mn.us 206https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Willmar426312/17/2021 7:00:00 PM<div>​​<div><strong>​UPDATE&#58; Dec. 20, 2021</strong></div><div><br></div><div>The BCA has identified the two Willmar Police Department officers who discharged their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident that injured a man in Willmar on Dec. 16.</div><div><br></div><div>Sergeant Ross Livingood has been in law enforcement for 15 years. Sgt. Livingood discharged his firearm. He is on standard administrative leave.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Officer Joseph Schaefbauer has been in law enforcement for three years. Officer Joseph Schaefbauer discharged his Taser.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The man injured during the incident, August LaFeen, 56, of Willmar, was <a href="https&#58;//content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MNDPS/2021/12/20/file_attachments/2027675/Lafeen%20complaint.pdf">charged Friday</a>​ in Kandiyohi County District Court with six felony counts of terroristic threats.<br></div><div><br></div><div>​When the investigation of the officers’ use of force is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office for review.<br></div><div><br></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###<br></div><br></div><div><br></div><div>ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Thursday, Dec. 16&#160;in Willmar. No one was seriously injured during the incident.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Willmar police officers responded to a 911 call shortly after 4&#58;30 p.m. Thursday of an armed man in an apartment complex at 400 15th Avenue SW who was threatening to kill a probation officer.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Officers located the man inside the building and at one point one officer discharged his firearm and another officer discharged his Taser. The man sustained a minor gunshot injury to a hand.</div><div><br></div><div>The man was taken to Carris&#160;Health – Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar where he was treated and then released into police custody. The man has been booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail and charges are expected in the coming days.</div><div><br></div><div>Portions of the incident were captured on body worn cameras. No one else was injured during the incident.</div><div><br></div><div>BCA crime scene personnel recovered a replica gun at the scene.</div><div><br></div><div>The BCA’s investigation of the incident is ongoing. More information will be released, including the names of those involved, as the BCA investigation progresses.</div><div>When the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office for review.</div><div><br></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###​<br></div><div><br>​<br></div><p><br><br></p>12/20/2021 9:33:05 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 222https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
DPS Honors Employees for Their Service and Leadership to Minnesotans and Colleagues During Challenging Times414012/16/2021 8:00:00 PM<p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​ST</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">. P</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">AUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is recognizing employees who exemplified DPS values in serving Minnesotans, ranging from helping implement the state’s COVID-19 testing program to handling hundreds of inquiries into the State Fire Marshal Division. In an awards ceremony, DPS honored winners and honorable mention recipients in 11 DPS award categories for their work in 2020 and 2021.&#160;</span><br></p><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">​​“The level of commitment and dedication to the public and to public service that these employees demonstrated during the last 24 months is simply astonishing but not unexpected,” said DPS Assistant Commissioner Booker Hodges. “Our state is going through hopefully once-in-a-generation trying times. The people we’re honoring know this and have stepped up in an exceptional manner. We are so proud of their efforts because they exemplify the values of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, and they have worked earnestly on behalf of all Minnesotans.”&#160; &#160;</span><br></div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Award&#160;Categories and Recipients</strong></div><div><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Employee of the Year</strong><br></div><div>This award is for showing a kind heart during troubling times, a willing spirit to take on new roles (or old roles in new ways) and dependability when their team and customers needed them most.&#160;&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardee&#58;</strong></div><div><strong>Daniel Rinta — Minnesota State Patrol</strong><br></div><div>As a sergeant and supervisor for Capitol Security and Dispatch, Sgt. Dan Rinta picked up the roles of several others to single-handedly manage day-to-day operations flawlessly and smoothly during many of the stressful events of 2020-21. Every officer knew that when he was in charge, the Capitol complex was safe, visitors and officers were safe, and all would all go home safely.&#160;&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mentions&#58;</strong></div><div><ul><li><strong>Diane Bartell — Bureau of Criminal Apprehension</strong><br></li><li><strong>Jacquelyn Eiffler — Driver and Vehicle Services&#160;</strong>&#160;</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Distinguished Service Award</strong></div><div>This award acknowledges the career of an individual devoted to public safety and public service.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardee&#58;</strong><br></div><div><strong>Tamara Bohmert — Fiscal and Administrative Services</strong></div><div>As the DPS Continuity of Operations Coordinator and representative on the statewide COOP steering committee, Tamara has played a pivotal, frontline role throughout the pandemic by assisting Minnesota Department of Management and Budget and the governor’s office in planning and implementing the state’s COVID-19 testing program. Among her accomplishments, she also facilitates the DPS Incident Command Team, which was tested over the past two years by the pandemic and civil unrest.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mentions&#58;</strong></div><div><ul><li><strong>Bruce Erickson — Minnesota State Patrol</strong></li><li><strong>Tom Jenson — State Fire Marshal</strong></li><li><strong>Mike McManus — Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement</strong>&#160;</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Rookies of the Year Award</strong></div><div>This award recognizes a new employee who has shown outstanding performance in their current position and has a remarkable ability to adjust to a new work environment while demonstrating outstanding enthusiasm and high energy levels.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardees&#58;</strong></div><div><strong>Erica Baraglia — Driver and Vehicle Services</strong><br></div><div>With little instruction, Erica expertly guided the Prorate Unit through a time of significant change, culminating in the rollout of MNDRIVE, all while supporting her staff, reducing backlogs, and ensuring full compliance for years to come.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Kasey Cable — Homeland Security and Emergency Management</strong><br></div><div>Among her accomplishments, Kasey joined the School Safety Center Team but quickly pivoted during COVID-19 to help in the State Emergency Operations Center. This included assisting the Department of Agriculture with animal depopulation and composting planning, running one of the primary staging areas for law enforcement during the civil unrest, and assisting with Line 3 planning.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Mike Hreha — Office of Justice Programs</strong></div><div>Mike started in the height of the pandemic and as OJP received federal grant funds to address pandemic needs in local programs. He ensured that this funding got out quickly despite the inherent challenges and that grantees were fully supported.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Always Growing Award</strong></div><div>This award recognizes someone with a desire to grow in new ways both professionally and personally. Nominees have grown as leaders, coworkers and individuals.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardee&#58;</strong></div><div><strong>Joann Jones — Office of Justice Programs</strong><br></div><div>Jo eagerly takes on new challenges and has the agility and ability to deliver on any project. Among her accomplishments, she pivoted both the annual Conference on Crime and Victimization and the Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy to online platforms during COVID-19 to ensure continuity of training to service providers across the state.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mentions&#58;</strong></div><div><ul><li><strong>Sadie King — Driver and Vehicle Services</strong></li><li><strong>Brooke Seekins — Driver and Vehicle Services&#160;</strong></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Team Player Award</strong></div><div>This award recognizes an employee who is the heart and soul of their division. This person boosts morale, motivates, and supports fellow employees and epitomizes and models the spirit of teamwork.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardee&#58;&#160;&#160;</strong></div><div><strong>Melanie Hundt — Driver and Vehicle Services</strong><br></div><div>Melanie took on the role of MNDRIVE Phase 2 subject matter expert for Prorate. She is a true team player, a breath of fresh air, encourages others to provide their input while seeing to their needs, and reassures and inspires her coworkers to embrace change.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mentions&#58;</strong></div><div><ul><li><strong>Thomas Butler — Driver and Vehicle Services</strong></li><li><strong>Leslie Green — Driver and Vehicle Services</strong></li><li><strong>Jon Schweitzer — Driver and Vehicle Services</strong>&#160;<br></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Promoter of Equity &amp; Inclusion Award</strong></div><div>This award honors going above and beyond to bolster equity and inclusion across all areas of diversity, such as ethnicity, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardee&#58;</strong></div><div><strong>Becky Rabb — Office of Communications/Office of Justice Programs</strong></div><div>As a public information officer, Becky helped the OOC develop messaging that spoke to everyone in the state. During the civil unrest following George Floyd’s murder, her guidance and community relationships helped DPS work with the Black and other diverse communities and understand appropriate and respected messaging. She also helped with messaging translation into Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mention&#58;</strong><br></div><div><ul><li><strong>Erin Reinecke — Driver and Vehicle Services&#160;</strong></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><strong style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Keeping Us Safe Award</strong><br></div><div>This award honors a unit or group within a DPS division that went the extra mile to keep Minnesotans safe in 2020 and made a direct public safety impact.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardee&#58;</strong></div><div><strong>Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety Staff</strong></div><div>MNOPS performed outstanding pipeline safety inspections and oversight every week during construction of the Enbridge Line 3 despite temperature extremes, unusual conditions due to COVID-19, and the political environment. There was significant coordination among agencies, public communication, and overnight travel for staffers.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mentions&#58;</strong><br></div><div><ul><li><strong>Homeland Security and Emergency Management Staff in the State Emergency Operations Center</strong></li><li><strong>State Fire Marshal Fire Investigation Team</strong>&#160;</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Living By Our Values Award</strong></div><div>This award recognizes someone who integrates DPS values — work hard, be honest and be nice — into everything they do.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardee&#58;</strong></div><div><strong>Katherine Madigan — Driver and Vehicle Services</strong></div><div>Katie successfully conquered many challenges in the Data Practices Unit, taking every request, suggestion, and notification seriously and meeting them with DPS values. She does this with a smile in her voice and positive energy in her emails.&#160; Her consistent production has her colleagues in “awe.”</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mentions&#58;</strong><br></div><div><ul><li><strong>Angela Fulford — Driver and Vehicle Services</strong></li><li><strong>Tate Mills — State Fire Marshal</strong></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Mentorship Award</strong></div><div>This award recognizes the exceptional level of support and mentorship provided by an individual to a team member.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardee&#58;</strong><br></div><div><strong>John Ehret — State Fire Marshal</strong></div><div>As supervisor of the Staging Area Manager Program, John draws from his experience as a former fire chief to mentor all team members. He believes in and is eager to invest his time and energy in other people to facilitate their growth and increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mentions&#58;</strong><br></div><div><ul><li><strong>Ellen Sampers — Bureau of Criminal Apprehension</strong></li><li><strong>Tami Stockero — Driver and Vehicle Services&#160;</strong></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Resiliency Award</strong></div><div>This past year has introduced DPS to a new word&#58; pivot. This award goes to a unit or team that has responded to sudden changes, demands, and new ways of doing things with grace and efficiency.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardee&#58;</strong></div><div><strong>Homeland Security and Emergency Management Staff in the State Emergency Operations Center</strong></div><div>After Governor Walz declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020, the State Emergency Operations Center was activated and ran continuous operations until July 2, 2021 – the longest operations period in its history. It encompassed COVID-19 response, civil unrest and natural disasters. Staff dropped all of their regular work to assume roles with the sole purpose of saving lives.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mentions&#58;</strong></div><div><ul><li><strong>Driver and Vehicle Services Exam Team Leadership</strong></li><li><strong>Minnesota State Patrol Mobile Response Team&#160;</strong></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Customer Service Award</strong></div><div>This award recognizes the person who best exemplifies the three Ps of customer service&#58; professionalism, patience and a people-first attitude. This person has strong time management skills, flexibility, patience and empathy, along with clear communication skills.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Awardees&#58;</strong></div><div><strong>Todd Oseby — Driver and Vehicle Services</strong><br></div><div>Todd goes above and beyond assisting both his coworkers and business partners.&#160;​His monthly training meetings are a valuable asset and greatly appreciated by business partners and coworkers.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Jill Oliveira — Office of Communications</strong></div><div>As the public information officer for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Jill handles stressful and uncomfortable situations with patience and professionalism. She embraces a people-first attitude in activities and in relationships with OOC colleagues, BCA staff, law enforcement agency personnel statewide and reporters.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Lt. Gordon Shank — Minnesota State Patrol</strong><br></div><div>Lt. Shank represents DPS and the State Patrol with the media and knows that getting important information out to reporters and the public in a timely, clear, and empathetic manner can save lives. His people-first attitude is contagious.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Aaron Kallunki and Jacob Beauregard — Homeland Security and Emergency Management</strong><br></div><div>Jacob and Aaron were the point people to get underserved communities vaccinated against COVID-19. They managed planning, logistics, and day-to-day operations at the state fairgrounds vaccination site, making it a little easier for more than 87,000 Minnesotans.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Claire Thomas — Emergency Communication Networks</strong></div><div>Claire accomplished process improvements since starting as the purchasing and contracts coordinator only weeks before the state went into lockdown. She prepared and distributed daily Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 statistics to statewide public safety answering points.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Kat Vue — Office of Traffic Safety</strong></div><div>As contract manager, Kat is consistently recognized for providing outstanding service and meeting every deadline no matter how complex the issue. Minnesota Department of Health also recognized his excellent service provision after he was redeployed there during the pandemic.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Kevin Palmquist — Fiscal and Administrative Services</strong><br></div><div>During the pandemic, Kevin remained onsite at Town Square, performing duties that teleworking employees were unable to do and taking on additional work created by the mandates, including ensuring that in-person wellness screening and employee COVID-19&#160; testing sites were operational.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Lisa Varela — Office of Justice Programs</strong></div><div>Lisa mostly single-handedly manages all things restitution within the reparations program with an ever-cheerful, ever-kind, can-do attitude. She is regarded with affection by everyone at OJP and beyond.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Pat Donovan —Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety</strong><br></div><div>During his 25+ years with MNOPS, Pat has provided great customer service to industry stakeholders and the general public. His engaging attitude shines a positive light on a small division that serves an entire state. That attitude can bring parties that may be at odds back to the table.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Tamara Mark — Bureau of Criminal Apprehension</strong><br></div><div>Tamara is a strong leader in the Criminal History Access Unit and models exceptional customer service to those submitting background checks and to members of the public.&#160; Tamara reduced turnaround time for these checks from multiple days to two days.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Tom Jenson — State Fire Marshal</strong></div><div>Tom effortlessly juggles hundreds of phone calls and emails from stakeholders seeking answers to Code questions and more. He provides the best customer service with such positivity that he is a role model and inspiration to everyone he meets.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Crystal Pietrzak — Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement</strong></div><div>Crystal took on the work of five people processing liquor and gambling licenses positively throughout the pandemic. She went above and beyond to get things done in a time where work volume never seemed to diminish.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Jordan Groebner — Human Resources</strong></div><div>Jordan is patient, dedicated, puts all employees first, and is always willing to go above and beyond to meet employees’ training needs.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Honorable Mentions for Driver and Vehicle Services&#58;</strong></div><div><ul><li><strong>Nelly Martinez</strong></li><li><strong>Poonam Sodhi</strong></li><li><strong>Lisa Vang&#160;</strong></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Minnesota Department Public Safety</strong></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles&#58; education, enforcement and prevention.&#160;<br></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###​<br></div><p><br><br></p>12/16/2021 6:38:21 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Doug Neville  651-201-7562 We are so proud of their 641https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Vendor Supply Chain Issue Delaying Delivery Of Registration Stickers And Cab Cards416412/15/2021 8:00:00 PM<div>​​​ST. PAUL — Customers who renew their 2022 vehicle registration online or by mail will experience a delay in receiving their registration stickers and cab card. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) was informed by 3M that supply chain issues and a plant explosion and fire at a 3M​&#160;supplier's plant​&#160;are contributing to a delay in sticker stock being delivered to Minnesota. The delay only affects customers who renew by mail or online. Customers who renew in person will receive their registration stickers during their visit.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>What Happened</strong></div><div>Registration stickers and cab card stock for registrations that expire in 2022 are not yet available from the vendor. The vendor, 3M, points to global supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and an explosion and fire at one of their supplier’s plants. DPS-DVS continues to work with 3M and the printing vendor, MINNCOR Industries, to plan for printing and distribution once production is restored.<br></div><div><br></div><div>3M reports the first shipment of stock will arrive on Dec. 24, with subsequent deliveries to be made in early and mid-January. MINNCOR intends to operate 24 hours a day to print the stickers and cab cards once the stock in received.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Who’s Affected</strong></div><div>There are approximately 52,000 online and mailed-in registration renewals already submitted for January. DPS-DVS anticipates more than 320,000 more registration renewal applications for registrations expiring by the end of January.<br></div><div><br></div><div>People who renew in person at a deputy registrar office are not affected. Customers who renew their registration in person receive their stickers and cab card immediately.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Next Steps for Minnesotans</strong><br></div><div>A customer’s online record is immediately up-to-date once they complete an online renewal or once their mailed application is processed. DPS-DVS is reaching out to law enforcement ensuring they are aware of the supply chain issues. Law enforcement will see a valid registration in the system when they check someone’s license plate.</div><div><br></div><div>Minnesotans who renew online should keep a copy of the receipt they receive when they complete the online transaction. Customers should keep that receipt in their vehicle. If questioned by law enforcement drivers can show their online receipt or let the officer know they renewed online or by mail and have not received their registration stickers. The officer’s computer will show the registration is valid.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Customers can also check the status of their registration at <a href="https&#58;//onlineservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/_/">drive.mn.gov</a>. In the vehicle services section of the website click on “more vehicle services” then “check my plate/sticker order status”.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Customers whose registration expires in January have until Jan. 31 to renew their registration and until Feb. 10 to display the registration. DPS-DVS believes 3M will be able to provide enough stock so this is not an issue for February renewals. If a driver is stopped by police the record will be up-to-date in the law enforcement database. Drivers can inform a law enforcement officer that they renewed their registration online.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Renewal Options</strong></div><div>Minnesotans who need to renew their vehicle registration have several options.</div><div><ul><li>Visit a deputy registrar office to renew in person. .For office locations and hours, visit <a href="https&#58;//onlineservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/_/">drive.mn.gov</a> or call 651-297-2005.</li><li>​Renew your vehicle registration online at <a href="https&#58;//onlineservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/_/">drive.mn.gov​</a>.<br></li><ul><li>US Bank charges a separate service fee of 2.49 percent for all credit card transactions. ACH (electronic check) payments have a separate service fee of $1.50. DPS-DVS does not determine or collect these service fees for online registration renewals.</li></ul><li>Mail the vehicle registration by sending the bottom half of the renewal notice with a check or money order for the total amount shown on the renewal notice made payable to DVS Renewal to&#58;</li></ul></div><div>DVS Renewal</div><div>PO Box 64587</div><div>St. Paul, MN 55164-0587<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Minnesota Department Public Safety&#160;</strong></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,200 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles&#58; education, enforcement and prevention.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About Driver and Vehicle Services&#160;</strong></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DVS) is responsible for driver testing, driver licensing and maintenance of driver records; driver evaluation and compliance; motor vehicle title and registration; commercial vehicle registration; motor vehicle dealer licensing and regulation; and enforcement of no-fault insurance requirements.</div><div>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###​<br></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>12/15/2021 10:31:45 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Doug Neville  6512017562 douglas.neville@state.mn.us 1463https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
DPS-DVS December Exam Station Openings320712/7/2021 8:00:00 PM<p>​​ST. PAUL —&#160;​The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Service division (DPS-DVS) continues to work toward opening all exam stations closed during the pandemic. Please see the DPS-DVS news release from November <a href="https&#58;//bit.ly/3rKnyxk" target="_blank" title="DPS-DVS news release">https&#58;//bit.ly/3rKnyxk</a>. All remaining exam stations will be opened by Jan. 31. DPS-DVS will open stations earlier if a lease and appropriate staffing are in place.</p><p>Below is a list of those exam stations scheduled to reopen in December. Minnesotans can find a complete list​ of locations and services online at <a href="https&#58;//onlineservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/" title="DVS Online Services" target="_blank">drive.mn.gov</a>.<br><br></p><p><strong>December Exam Station Openings</strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" summary="December exam station opening information"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;15%;"><strong>Location/Reopen date​</strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;17%;"><strong>Address</strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;20%;"><strong>Days</strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;20%;"><strong>Time</strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width&#58;20%;"><p><strong>Services&#160;</strong><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">(by appointment only)</strong></p></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;15%;"><p>Buffalo</p><p>Dec. 7</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;17%;">Lakeview Mall, 15-1st Ave. S</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Tue. &amp; Wed.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;20%;">8&#58;30 a.m. - &#160;noon<br>​<br>1 - &#160;4&#58;30 p.m.​​<br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;20%;"><ul><li>Class D skill tests on Wednesdays</li><li>Knowledge tests on Tuesdays</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;15%;"><p>Lindstrom</p><p>Dec. 7</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;17%;">City Hall, 13292 Sylvan Ave</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Tuesdays</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;20%;">8&#58;00 a.m. - noon <br><br>1 - 4 p.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;20%;"><ul><li>Class D skill tests</li><li>Knowledge testing on the 2<sup>nd</sup> and 4<sup>th</sup> Tuesday from 10 – 11&#58;15 a.m.</li></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width&#58;15%;"><p>Stillwater </p><p>Dec. 8</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width&#58;17%;"><p>Valley Ridge Plaza</p><p>1520 W. 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Officers Identified in Officer Involved Shooting in Mounds View283112/3/2021 12:00:00 AM<p>​ST. PAUL —&#160;The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officers who discharged their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident on Nov. 28 in Mounds View. Both are on standard administrative leave.<br></p><ul><li><p>Mounds View Police Department Sergeant Michael Hanson has been in law enforcement for six years.</p></li><li><p>New Brighton Pol​ice Department Officer John Thomas has been in law enforcement for two years.</p></li></ul><p>The man who died during the incident was identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner earlier today as Noah Douglas Kelley, 21, of St. Paul. Mr. Kelley died of homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.<br></p><p>The Mounds View Police Department released <a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/MoundsViewMN/photos/a.194663267246821/4595200017193102/">additional information about the incident</a> on Nov. 28.</p><p>Body cameras were operating at the time of the incident.&#160;​Portions of the incident were captured on body worn cameras and squad cameras.</p><p>The BCA’s investigation of the officer involved shooting is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review.​<br></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">###<br></p><p><br></p>12/3/2021 2:21:45 AMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 388https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Man injured during officer involved shooting in Forest Lake has died276612/1/2021 10:00:00 PM<p>​ST. PAUL —A man injured during a Nov. 28 officer involved shooting incident in Forest Lake has died. Bradley George Erickson, 47, of Forest Lake, died earlier today at Hennepin County Medical Center.<br></p><p>The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officers who discharged their weapons during the incident. All are on standard administrative leave.</p><ul><li>Forest Lake Police Officer Jonathan Glader has been in law enforcement for 16 years.</li><li>Forest Lake Police Officer Matthew Smith has been in law enforcement for 17 years.</li><li>Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Reiter has been in law enforcement for 26 years.</li></ul><p>The Forest Lake Police Department released <a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/mnflpd/posts/455576486182821">additional information about the incident </a>on Nov. 28.</p><p>Portions of the incident were captured on body worn cameras and squad cameras.<br></p><p>​The BCA’s investigation of the officer involved shooting is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Washington County Attorney’s Office for review.<br></p><div style="text-align&#58;center;">###<br></div><p>​​<br><br></p>12/1/2021 10:57:05 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726 494https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Planning a Safe Ride to Prevent Impaired Driving is the Perfect Holiday Gift196111/23/2021 10:40:00 PM<p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">ST. PAUL – The holidays are here. That means family gatherings, gifts and games, tables full of holiday foods, and maybe a little stress mixed in with the good times.&#160;If alcohol is involved, planning for a safe ride will ensure a fun holiday season to remember and not a lifetime of heartache because of a fatal crash.&#160;</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">A</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">s part of an extra DWI patrols campaign during the holidays, law enforcement will be watching the roads to keep Minnesotans safe from impaired drivers.&#160;</span><br></p><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">T</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">roopers, deputies and police officers will be participating in a statewide campaign Nov. 24 through New Year’s Eve. They will be looking for drivers who appear impaired, whether by alcohol or other substances. Alcohol, cold medicine, prescription medication or any other drug can contribute to impairment.&#160;</span><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinates the patrol, education and awareness campaign with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.</div><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">“</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">T</span><span style="font-size&#58;1em;">he pandemic has turned life upside down for many of us, and we’re now getting back to spending time with our loved ones,” said Mike Hanson, Office of Traffic Safety director. “Let’s make sure we are creating positive memories this holiday season by making smart choices behind the wheel. I don’t want to be a Grinch, but too many drivers are doing the opposite. A significant jump in traffic fatalities since the pandemic is causing so much tragedy. Make the decision to drive smart by planning a sober ride and not driving impaired under any substance.”</span></div><div><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"><br></span></div><div><strong>Impaired is Impaired, Regardless of the Substance​</strong><br></div><div>The holidays can be stressful. Prescribed medications, for example, may help people cope, but they can also affect their ability to drive safely. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal. Drugged driving incidents are on the rise, and it’s a growing concern for Minnesota law enforcement.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>A DWI is No Holiday&#160;</strong></div><div><p>​There's more than one way to be under the influence behind the wheel.&#160;</p><ul><li>Alcohol, illegal drug use or prescription medications can cause impairment, but so can common over-the-counter drugs, such as cold, flu, sleep and allergy medicines.&#160;<br></li><li>Drugs like antidepressants, opioids and sleep aids prescribed by a doctor can affect your ability to drive safely as well.</li></ul></div><div><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">Sobering Statistics&#160;</strong><br></div><div><ul><li>The choice to drive drunk has contributed to 26 deaths on Minnesota roads from the day before Thanksgiving through Dec.30 (2016-2020).&#160;&#160;</li><li>More than one of every five deaths (21 percent) on Minnesota roads is drunk driving-related.</li><li>There were 397 drunk driving-related traffic deaths in Minnesota in the last five years, with 79 people killed in 2020 alone.</li><li>Alcohol-related crashes not only take lives, they change them forever. An average of 384 life-changing injuries (2016-2020) are caused by alcohol-related crashes each year.&#160;</li><li>Drugged driving incidents accounted for 6,269 incidents from 2011-2015 compared with 12,883 from 2016-2020. That’s a 106 percent increase over a five year period.<br></li></ul></div><p><span style="font-size&#58;1em;"><strong>Holiday DWI Arrests (Day before Thanksgiving – Dec. 30)​</strong></span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;50%;"><strong>Year</strong><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;50%;"><strong>DWIs</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2016 </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2,161</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2,839</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2018</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3,052</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2019</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2,592</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2020</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1,588</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Total</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">12,232<br></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p><div><strong>DWI Consequences&#160;</strong></div><div><ul><li>Loss of license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.&#160;</li><li>Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver’s license.</li><li>First-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above are required to use interlock for one year.</li><li>Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.</li></ul></div><div><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">Driving Sober. The Perfect Holiday Gift.</strong><br></div><div><ul><li>Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a safe, alternative transportation option, or stay at the location of the celebration.</li><li>Speak up – Offer to be a designated driver or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere. If you see an impaired person about to get behind the wheel, get them a safe ride home.&#160;</li><li>If you plan to drive, refrain from drugs, whether legally or illegally obtained.&#160;</li><li>If you don't yet know how a medication will affect your judgment, coordination and reaction time, either have someone else drive or wait to take it until after you get home.</li><li>Check the warning labels on medications carefully. Does it have one about &quot;operating heavy machinery?&quot; That includes motor vehicles.</li><li>Some medications are fine on their own but can impair you when mixed with other medications or alcohol - even a small amount. Learn about the interactions and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.</li><li>Buckle up — the best defense against drunken impaired driver.</li><li>Report impaired driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.</li></ul></div><div><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">Definitions</strong><br></div><div><ul><li>Driving While Impaired (DWI) is a violation for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.</li><li>Alcohol-related&#58; any evidence of alcohol detected in a driver, pedestrian or bicyclist.</li><li>Impaired-related&#58; any driver, pedestrian or bicyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above.</li><li>Drunk-driving-related&#58; any driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above.</li></ul></div><div><strong style="font-size&#58;1em;">Resources&#58;&#160;</strong><br></div><div><a href="/divisions/ots/drive-smart/Pages/default.aspx" title="link to drive smart website">DriveSmartMN.org​​</a><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Minnesota Department Public Safety</strong></div><div>DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles&#58; education, enforcement and prevention.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Office of Traffic Safety</strong></div><div>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) designs, implements and coordinates federally funded traffic safety enforcement and education programs to improve driver behaviors and reduce the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Minnesota roads. These efforts form a strong foundation for the statewide Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety program. DPS-OTS also administers state funds for the motorcycle safety program and for the child seats for needy families program.<br></div><p><br><br></p>11/23/2021 10:36:48 PMA Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications CONTACT: Dave Boxum  651-201-7569 dave.boxum@state.mn.us 276https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx