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​Latest Fire in Minnesota Report Now Available

Firefighters responded to more than 13,000 fires last year in Minnesota.

Learn more about those fires like what caused them, how much damage they did and how many people died in fires in the 2016 Fire in Minnesota report. 

The report is put together each year by the Department of Public Safety’s State Fire Marshal Division.

REAL ID Update: Grace Period Allows Use of Driver's Licenses for Federal Purposes Through Jan. 22

Sample Minnesota driver's licenseMinnesotans can continue to use their driver's licenses for federal purposes such as boarding airplanes and accessing federal facilities now until Jan. 22, 2018, under a grace period granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

DHS instituted the grace period as current state extensions expired, because the agency is currently focused on hurricane relief efforts and it needs time to review and process extension requests from Minnesota and other states.

Minnesota has requested a REAL ID compliance extension through Oct. 2018, which will give the state time to meet statutory deadlines and ensure Minnesotans have REAL ID compliant cards.

Additional information, including extension updates, can be found on the DHS website.

School Bus Safety: It’s Up to Everyone to Help Make it a Safe Ride

Photo of a school bus stop armDo you know when you’re supposed to stop for a school bus? Or, how far away you should stop? Do your children know how they can help make their bus ride a safe one?

The importance of stopping for a bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended is highlighted in a recently released video of a Rosemount sixth-grader almost hit by a pickup that failed to stop for her bus. Learn more about that incident in the DPS Blog and visit our School Bus Safety page for tips and requirements for motorists.

Share our “Be Ready for the Ride” video with your children to help them stay safe on the way to and from school.

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Video Description: Video of an 11-year-old girl almost getting hit by a vehicle after she exited her school bus to walk home is a powerful reminder why drivers must stop for school buses picking up or dropping off children.