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​What’s the Latest on REAL ID?

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By now, you’ve probably heard that, come Oct. 10, your standard Minnesota driver’s license won’t be enough to get you on a domestic flight. You’ve also heard that REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards won’t be available in Minnesota until Oct. 1.

What to do if you plan to get on a plane on, say, Oct. 11? Don’t worry – you have options. Enhanced driver’s licenses or ID cards and U.S. passports will work, so check out our blog to get the latest REAL ID update.



Competitors Show Off Skills at Minnesota Utility Locate Rodeo

A contestant during the locate rodeoYou’ve seen those little multicolored flags stuck in the ground at construction sites or maybe even in yards in your neighborhood. They’re there because someone is planning on digging and called Gopher State One Call at 811. Gopher State One Call contacted various companies that might have underground utilities in the area (think water, sewer, gas, electricity, and phone, to name a few), who sent out people to locate the utilities and mark them with those multicolored flags so that whoever’s doing the digging can avoid them.

Locating underground utilities involves sophisticated equipment and precise measurements. Read the latest blog to learn how utility locators compare their skills in locate rodeos.

​If You Think You Can Safely Text and Drive, You’re Wrong.

A woman using a phone while drivingIt’s easy to think that causing a crash while texting and driving is something other people do. Not you, though, right? No one else can successfully text and drive, but you can.

News flash: No, you can’t. Really.

Texting while driving doubles your risk of a crash or near-crash. And if you’re driving 55 miles per hour and you send a text, you have essentially just traveled the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed. In short, you can’t multitask behind the wheel. No one can. Learn more about the dangers of distracted driving in this blog.

Time for a Career Change? Consider the State Patrol.

Photo of troopers at graduation.
“I need to get out of here.”

If you’ve said that to yourself while looking around your workplace recently, it may be time for a change.

What would you say to driving Minnesota’s beautiful roads and helping keep its citizens safe? If that sounds good, consider applying for the Minnesota State Patrol’s Law Enforcement Training Opportunity (LETO) Program. Read more about the LETO Program.

Ready to apply? Applications are being accepted until April 20.


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