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Published June 19, 2013, 02:32 PM

MN shows first traffic death increase since 2007

Minnesota saw its first increase in traffic deaths last year since 2007. The state had 395 traffic deaths in 2012. That's a 7 percent increase from 2011.

Minnesota saw its first increase in traffic deaths last year since 2007. The state had 395 traffic deaths in 2012. That's a 7 percent increase from 2011.

But officials say it represents a 40 percent drop in deaths from a decade ago. They cite a mild winter, a slight increase in miles traveled and a jump in motorcyclist deaths in 2012 as reasons for the increase. The 2012 fatality count is the second-lowest annual death figure since 1944.

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