Tricounty News

Prom warning: Spring months the worst for unbelted teen deaths

With April, May and June combining for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents of teens to reinforce safe driving habits for their children during prom season and the end of the school year.

There were 30 teen motor vehicle occupant deaths in April, May and June during the past three years, and 63 percent (19) of those killed were not buckled up.

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Local crime blotters April 18, 2013

Lynden Twp. crash with injuries

Saturday, April 13, at about
9:39 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office learned of a possible car crash with injuries that may have occurred in Stearns County. Deputies were able to locate the crash scene on County Road 145, just west of Fifth Avenue in Lynden Township.

A 1996 Toyota Corolla driven by Troy Chevalier, age 42, of Clearwater, was driving east on County Road 145. The car went off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by friends. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. The St. Cloud Police Department, and Kimball Police Department assisted. 

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BBB to host first free shredding event in Minnesota

Secure Your ID Day comes to St. Cloud

As part of Secure Your ID Day, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) will host its first free shredding event in Minnesota on Saturday, April 20, in St. Cloud. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the St. Cloud State University Welcome Center, on 355 Fifth Ave. S., outside in the parking lot and inside the lobby.

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Local crime blotters April 11, 2013

Barn fire west of Litchfield

Wednesday, April 3, at 5:12 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a barn on fire located at 59157 US Highway 12, west of Litchfield. Meeker County Deputies and the Litchfield Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. The Litchfield Fire Department requested and received mutual aid, in the form of tankers and man power, from Grove City Fire Department, Cosmos Fire Department, and the Dassel Fire Department.

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Be Ready: Severe Weather Awareness Week

Tornado Drill Thursday, April 18

Because severe weather can threaten the lives and property of anyone at any time, April 15-19 has been proclaimed Severe Weather Awareness Week. Stearns County Emergency Management wants to take this time to remind its citizens of the importance of understanding severe weather and being personally prepared.

Since 2000 disasters have claimed the lives of 21 Minnesotans and caused more than $373 million in federally declared damages.

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