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The state Department of Public Safety is tapping former Minnesota Vikings running back Chuck Foreman to urge people not to drink and drive on Super Bowl weekend. Foreman played in three Super Bowls and says he went to a lot of parties. He says if people are going to their buddy's house to have one during the game, he guarantees they'll have five, so people should give someone else their car keys and take a safe way home. The State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will have extra DWI patrols on the roads. Drunken driving arrests have increased 24 percent the last ten Super Bowl weekends in Minnesota.
St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis wants the three counties of Stearns, Benton and Sherburne to create an Airport Authority to help support the St. Cloud Regional Airport. Leigh Lenzmeier, chairman of the Stearns County Board of Commissioners, says a lot of work would have to be done before he'd agree to that. He would like to see a specific business plan for the airport which would include new uses, because "passenger service isn't the only game in town." Lenzemeier says the addition of a National Guard helicopter base a couple of years ago was a good start. Another possible use would be to recruit the U.S. Forest Service to build a training center for fighting forest fires.