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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Page 4 1,787 for DWI An 18-day statewide enhanced DWI' enforcement effort, August 19-September 5, resulted in the arrest of 1,787 motorists. Preliminary DWI arrest totals were reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety by 295 law enforce- ment agencies. Consequences for a DWI include loss of license for up to a year, up to $20,000 in legal costs, heightened insurance rates, and possible jail time. Effective July 1 this year, all DWI repeat offenders -- as well as first-time offenders with an alcohol-concentration limit twice the legal limit -- are required to have ignition interlock for at least one year in order to have driving privileges restored. "Despite reaching a low point in alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2010, many motorists are failing to consider others' safety by driv- ing impaired," says Minnesota State Patrol Lt. John Ebner. "Those who make this poor deci- sion will face serious consequenc- es. Don't risk it." The State Patrol reported 326 DWIs during the effort. In the metro, St. Paul Police Department reported 97 arrests, followed by Roseville P.D. (34); Bloomington P.D. (32); White Bear Lake P.D. (28); Eden Prairie P.D. (25); Minneapolis P.D. (24); and Brooklyn Park P.D. and Edina P.D. at 19 each. In greater Minnesota -- where 77 percent of the alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2010 occurred -- Rochester P.D. arrested 38, fol- lowed by Duluth ED. and Beltrami Sheriff at 22 each; Moorhead P.D. (19); St. Cloud P.D. (19); Mankato Public Safety (14); and Olmsted Sheriff (14). DPS reports enhanced DWI enforcement and education cam- paigns have factored in a continu- ing drop of alcohol-related deaths -- the 131 deaths last year was the lowest annual fatality count on record. In Minnesota, one in seven drivers has a DWI on record. Last year, 29,918 motorists were arrest- ed. Ebner stresses for Minnesotans to always plan for a safe ride -- designate a sober driver, use a cab/ public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration. He says families should let each other know that they will be available to offer a safe ride home. Ebner adds motorists can help stop impaired drivers by calling 911 when wit- nessing impaired driving behav- ior. Witnesses must be prepared to provide location, license plate and observed dangerous behavior. DWI enforcement is a compo- nent of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes -- educa- tion, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. The goal of the program is 350 or fewer deaths by the end of 2014. To-date, there have been 224 traf- fic deaths in Minnesota compared to 286 at this time last year. this Sc As students across the nation make their way back to school, many will carry their electronic devices everywhere from the classroom to the car. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (Bi~B) reminds students and their parents to talk about ways to keep electronics, such as laptop computers and smartphones, out of the wrong hands. College campuses, cafeterias, local hang outs and even class- rooms can be an easy target for those looking to snatch expensive electronic devices. Not only can thieves steal your personal prop- erty, they could gain access to sensitive information such as emails, text messages, calendars, photos and even social media net- work logins. "Students need to be vigilant when it comes to securing their electronics," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. "Electronics are a huge invest- ment and they shouldn't be treated any differently than carrying around a wad of cash." The BBB offers the following advice to students and parents on how to keep personal property safe at school: *Keep it off the floor. No mat- ter where you are in public -- a large study area in school, a con- ference, a coffee shop, or a regis- tration desk -- avoid placing your electronics on the floor. If you must set something down, even for a short period of time, place it between your feet or at least up against your leg, so that you're aware of it. *Leave it at home. In some cases, school districts may have strict policies about students bringing electronic devices to campus. Be sure to find out what is allowed while on campus and in "the classroom. Also, determine if you really need access to your technology during school hours or if it can walt until you get home. *Get it out of the car. Don't leave your electronics in the car -- not on the seat, not in the think. Parked cars are a favorite target of thieves; don't help them by leav- ing your property unattended. *Don't leave it "for just a min- ute." Your classmates seem trust- worthy, so you're comfortable leaving your electronics on the table while you go outside for a break. The people at the coffee shop seem nice, so you ask them to keep an eye out while you use the restroom. Even if that's the case, don't leave your laptop, iPhone or other tablets unguarded -- even for a minute. *Use bells and whistles. Depending on your security needs, an alarm can be a useful tool. Some laptop alarms sound when there's unexpected motion, or when the computer moves outside a specified range around you. Or consider a kind of "Lojack" for your laptop: a program that reports the location of your stolen laptop once it's connected to the Internet. For more consumer tips and news you can trust, visit BBB's news center at www.bbb.org/us/ bbb-news. ne September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Most people know that October is breast cancer awareness month. It is widely promoted in the media, and sports teams wear pink shoes and use pink bats. But do you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month? Do you know that teal is the color for ovarian cancer? Probably not, because it gets no promotion. Ovarian cancer has nothing like the Susan G. Komen foundation that seems to be every- where you turn, raising money for research and raising awareness for breast cancer. Do you know there is no test for ovarian cancer? Do you know the symptoms of ovarian cancer? Unusual vaginal bleeding or dis- charge, bloating, back pain, pain or pressure in the abdominal or pelvic region, feeling full quickly while eating, and changes in bathroom habits are all symptoms. If you experience any such symptoms for two weeks or longer (or if you have unusual vaginal bleeding for any length of time) see your doctor; .The earlier the diagnosis, the better the outcome. For more information go to cdc. gov/cancer/ovarian. Sincerely, Janine Frank "Stories from the BaH Cave" School is starting Storm clouds loomed on the horizon. Green tomatoes. Summer had a case of the dwindles. People had begun worrying about green tomatoes. Would they have time to ripen? If not, what would they do with them? They knew what to do with kids. They sent them to school. School was coming at a gal- lop. Summer brought relief from a life that found me either in school, on the way to or from school, or preparing for school. Summer was a world covered in gravy. There would be no more esca- pades like Larry Holland hitting fly balls to me as I stood on top of the henhouse with my Andy Pafko autographed model base- ball glove. I was fielder on the roof. It was time for back-to-school sales and attitude adjustments. I had no use for a vuvuzela as my mother selected turtleneck playing with the man who lived on the next place. My imaginary friend looked like Paladin would look had he been a kid my age. A kid my age with a moustache. He deserted me before I could desert him for school. School! My brain hadn't down- loaded the proper apps yet. I needed saving by a Saint Bernard with a keg of Tang around its neck. Tang, because that's what the astronauts drank. Mom eagerly awaited the start of school. Dad breathed a sigh of relief as he ate his gravel nuts for breakfast. I was accustomed to getting "the look" from my par- ents. Now I'd be getting "the look" from teachers, coaches, bus drivers, and lunch ladies. rd been sitting in the catbird seat. Now I'd be tossed amid the teeming throngs on their way back to school. I wanted to run away in a serpentine manner. I enjoyed staying up late read- ing books. I drained flashlight batteries at a great rate as I read Hartland school was destroyed by a tornado?" I'd ask. "I'd send you to Bucksnort," my mother replied. "What if that school was hit by a tornado, too?" "Then you'd go to Knockemstiff." "What if Knockemstiff was also demolished by a tornado?" "Where are you getting all these tornadoes?" she asked, "The same place you're get- ting all those schools." It wasn't that I disliked school. It was that I loved summer so much. Dickens wrote, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness." He could have been talking about school. In hindsight, even the bad times were good. Watching a ceiling Years ago, my mother had cataract surgery, a procedure in those days that necessitated a hospital stay. After the surgery, mother had to lie motionlesson a hospital bed for at least 48 hours. sweaters that would strangle me in bed. This caused me to fall A pillowed brick was placed on slowly. School was approaching asleep in the barn and at the each side of her head to keep like a grizzly bear with a tooth': breakfast table. Now,life would her still. She !jst ned to the radio ache, The average boy wanted become even more time-sensi-as she stared a t; 1 e ceiling of her only one thidg out of school-- tive. I'd have to include a bus in room. himself. If asked, "How do you my sleeping sites. I hoped II visited as she lie unmoving like school?" A boy tended to answer, "Closed." I had studied all summer. I studied baseball cards, box scores (even those of the minor leagues) in The Sporting News, Steinbeck novels, and Updike stories. I figured batting averag- es in my head and wondered aloud why runs batted in weren't abbreviated as RsBI instead of RBIs. I tried to understand the cynicism of Holden Caulfield in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. My imaginary friend had started wouldn't have to sit with Saturated Matt. He'd been held back a couple of years and, while he was a good guy, he took up an entire bus seat that was too crowded to begin with. He was the only kid I'd ever known who had been redshirted by the school lunch program. School was like golf. There would be clays when I lost ground on each swing. School was a needy friend. It needed this and it needed that. "What would you do if the on the bed. I intended on reading the newspaper and several chapters of a book to her. I asked her how she was doing. She replied, "Things are look- ing up." AI Batt 2011 71622 325 St. 1-1, MN 56042 http://albatt.net/ j" 9 ..... gr ............. II Thomas Merchant Junette Merchant Joan Spielman (ISSN 8750-3905) Managing Editor Office & Production Office & Production Published every Wednesday at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE: In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, and Murray $38.00 per year. 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