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When the school year ends, some children no longer have access to regular, daily meals. But, thanks to the Summer Food Service Program that the United States Department of Agriculture created, many towns are now able to offer free meals during the summer. The exact address, hours and menu of each of these places is easily available on an app created by Hunger Impact Partners, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis. Summer Eats Minnesota is free on the Apple Store or Google Play Store
ST. PAUL — Law enforcement in Minnesota will put extra attention on speeders through July 21. More than 300 agencies will add extra shifts to combat speeding, which between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2018 accounted for 30 fatalities across the state, the Department of Public Safety said. Last year, 113 motorists died on Minnesota roads — the most in a decade — in speed-related crashes. In 2018, speeding was a contributing factor in 23% of single-vehicle crashes.
ST. PAUL - More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota combined to make 2,757 arrests for drunken driving during a holiday enforcement campaign, an increase of nearly 4 percent from 2,656 a year ago. During the Nov. 21-Dec. 29 campaign, 15 drivers were reported to have a blood-alcohol content level of .30 or higher, the highest being .424 reported by University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) police, the Department of Public Safety said. Among the arrests:
ST. PAUL — An experienced political reporter who grew up in Minnesota has been selected as the Forum News Service’s state government reporter. Dana Ferguson, who has covered South Dakota politics for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader during the past three legislative sessions, will join Forum News Service beginning Nov. 1.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota has the lowest adult obesity rate among Upper Midwest states despite an increase of 0.7 percent from 2016 to 2017. Iowa has the highest percentage at 36.4 percent, followed by North Dakota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Minnesota's adult obesity rate of 28.4 percent also ranks the lowest amongst 12 Midwest states, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release.
ST. PAUL -- The arrest of one woman with a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 driving to a dentist’s office with her 3-year-old child in Alexandria was just one of 1,369 such arrests Minnesota law enforcement made during a campaign targeting drunken drivers. Extra drunken driving enforcement Aug. 17-Sept.2 yielded just one less arrest than last year’s campaign total, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a news release. Authorities issued 1,244 seat belt violations, a drop of 286 from the 2017 campaign.
ST. PAUL—Tobacco use among Minnesota high school students increased for the first time in 17 years and state health officials attribute the rise to the popularity of e-cigarettes. The Minnesota Department of Health has now issued a health advisory regarding the latest evidence that early nicotine use increases the risks of addiction for youth now and later in life.
ST. PAUL -- The Fourth of July is statistically one of the worst holidays of the year for drunk driving in Minnesota, figures for the past five years show. Law enforcement has made an average of 3.9 arrests per hour for driving while intoxicated, 2013-2017 statistics from the Minnesota Department Public Safety show. Labor Day and St. Patrick’s Day follow at 3.8 per hour.