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Three men representing fire departments and firefighters tell a Minnesota House committee Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, that they need state aid to adequately prepare for potential oil disasters. From left are Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman, Savage Fire Chief Joel McColl and President Chris Parsons of Minnesota Professional Firefighters. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Minnesota public safety leaders tell legislators they worry about major crude oil transportation disasters

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ST. PAUL - Public safety officials across Minnesota lose sleep at night over the possibility of major crude oil transportation disasters such as ones last year in North Dakota and Quebec.


That is what state Public Safety Commissioner Mona Doman told House Transportation Finance Committee members Thursday as they heard that firefighters and others first responders are not ready for such disasters.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.