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Law Enforcement Steps up Patrols on Minn. Roads this Halloween

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More DWI patrols will be out this Halloween not only because it’s a holiday, but also because it falls on a Friday.

From 2010 to 2012, more than 88,000 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated. More than 67,000 of those arrests were made in the top 25 counties for DWI arrests.

The counties with extra patrols are list below, and ranked in order:

Twin Cities Bus Plan Would Expand Service by 2030

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Metro Transit wants to expand Twin Cities-area bus services over the next 10 to 15 years with improvements that would cost $72.3 million a year.
    

MnDOT Installs Temporary Pedestrian Bridge in Winona after Semi Crash

The pedestrian bridge as seen from Google Maps before being damaged - Photo: Google Maps

A temporary pedestrian bridge is in place over Highway 14 in Winona after a semi hit the old one.

The bridge near St. Mary’s University of Minnesota was severely damaged last month and then removed. City officials say it was built in 1963 and wasn’t scheduled to be replaced within the next 10-year planning cycle.

Minnesota Cities Face Truck Shortage for Road Salt

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Cities in the St. Cloud area are facing a shortage of trucks for hauling road salt amid an extended construction season.
    

Minnesota to Pay Farmers for Leaving Corn Stalks

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Minnesota officials are offering to pay farmers who leave corn stalks standing along highways this winter to help keep snow from drifting.
    

Buckle Up – Extra Seat Belt Enforcement Begins

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Drivers, remember to buckle up! Extra seat belt enforcement begins this weekend as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign.

Nearly 400 law enforcement agencies around the state will be focusing on seat belt violations during the initiative, which runs from Oct. 10-26. It’s coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.

Winona Bridge Groundbreaking Ceremony

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Crews ceremonially broke ground on the Winona Bridge crossing the Mississippi River.