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Tom Kommrow, right, with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, presented the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office with a radar unit - valued at about $3,000 - in recognition of lower motor vehicle crash rates in the county. From left are Deputy Scott Wherley, Chief Deputy Ernie Beitel and Sheriff Phil Hodapp. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Sheriff's office honored for lowering crash rates

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BEMIDJI - Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths recognized the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office this week for its efforts in lowering motor vehicle crash rates and fatalities in the county.


Minnesota has the lowest fatality rate in motor vehicle crashes since World War II, said Tom Kummrow of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Kummrow, representing TZD, made a presentation at the Beltrami County Board meeting Tuesday.

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