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VFW events planned

■ Senate District 10 DFL endorsing convention is April 5

CROSBY — State Senate District 10 DFLers will meet April 5 to endorse candidates for House District 10A and House District 10B. The convention will be conducted at 10 a.m. (with registration starting at 9 a.m.) April 5 at Crosby-Ironton High School at 711 Poplar St. in Crosby.

Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, who represents District 10A, announced in January he’ll seek a fifth term in the state House. Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL-Crosby, who represents House District 10B, also announced his 2014 candidacy in January. He’ll seek a second term.

The delegates will also elect a Senate district secretary, treasurer and directors. Guests are welcome. The suggested registration fee at the door is $10.

Registered voters who contribute to a registered political party are eligible to apply for a refund of their monetary contribution. The maximum refund contributions may receive is $50 per person or $100 for married couples. Those individuals may file only one refund application per year.

Robert Nesheim is chair of the DFL Senate District 10. Shirley Pick is vice chair.

■ Enhanced enforcement

for car seats, belts

With three of four child seats not used correctly and half of all traffic fatalities involving unbelted drivers and passengers, law enforcement agencies across the state are focusing on car seat and seat belt use through Sunday.

Nearly 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies are adding extra patrols during the Click It or Ticket campaign.

While a record number of Minnesotans buckle up (94 percent), approximately 150 deaths and 400 serious injuries annually involve motorists who are not buckled up. Preliminary 2013 data shows 94 fatalities and 247 serious injuries were reported where the motor vehicle occupant was unbelted. This count is expected to rise as 2013 data continues to come in.

In addition, preliminary reports show two children under the age of 8 who were not properly restrained in a car seat were killed and seven more were seriously injured last year.

“Far too many people die or are seriously injured on our roads because they didn’t buckle up,” said Donna Berger, Minnesota Department Public Safety Office and Traffic Safety director. “It’s the law, all motorists must buckle up, even when riding in the back seat. Seat belts and child seats can and do save lives.”

Minnesota’s seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint. A seat belt ticket can cost between $25 to more than $100.

Children under age 13 should always ride in the back seat. A child who is both under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches is required to be fastened in a child safety seat or booster seat that meets federal safety standards. Under this law, a child cannot use a seat belt alone until they are age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall, whichever comes first. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height, rather than their age.

■ Emily man named

to board of electricity

Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday reappointed John McConnell of Emily as a public member to the Minnesota Board of Electricity.

His appointment takes effect March 30. His term expires Dec. 31, 2016.

■ Brainerd airport

commission to meet

The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission meets at 9:30 a.m. April 3, in the Airport Conference Room at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.

■ VFW events planned

The Brainerd VFW will have a Pillager football spaghetti dinner fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $6.

The Brainerd VFW will have a Sunday breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon March 30. Cost: $6.

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