Minnesota taps 13 counties for stepped-up DWI enforcement

The counties selected for extra enforcement are those with the most deaths and injuries caused by alcohol-related crashes. They include the Twin Cities area plus Duluth, Rochester, and St. Cloud.
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The counties selected for extra enforcement are those with the most deaths and injuries caused by alcohol-related crashes. They include the Twin Cities area plus Duluth, Rochester, and St. Cloud.

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