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If you feel like you've been seeing more deer lately, and hearing about more deer/vehicle collisions, you're not imagining things.

According to a story from KROC NEWS,

The department says there has been an increase in “deer conflicts” in recent years that include “vehicle collisions and destruction of trees, turf, and landscaping on public and private property.”

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 2) "a possible deer management plan for Rochester will be up for discussion at the City Park Board meeting." The plan could include killing deer via managed hunts on Rochester park property.  Read more on possible plans HERE.

What Do We Do In the Meantime to Avoid Collisions with Deer?

photo by Pascal-L-Marius

The best thing to do right now, this minute, this second...is to scroll slowly thru all these tips.

HOW TO DRIVE SAFELY WHEN DEER ARE AROUND

Shouldn't There Be Deer Crossing Signs To Help Us Not Hit Deer?

You'd think so, wouldn't you? But nope. Last year I looked into it. MnDOT says,

Research has shown that deer crossing warning signs do not reduce deer-vehicle crashes. Signs alone are ineffective at slowing people down or changing driver behavior.

There are still old signs up, but Rochester, Olmsted County, and MnDOT no longer use 'em, so they're being taken down as they wear out. So what do you do instead? (Source)

As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know: james.rabe@townsquaremedia.com

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SE Minnesotans Tell Their Personal Stories from the Halloween Ice Storm of '91

October 31, 2021 marks 30 years since one of the winter storms Minnesota will never forget. It came so early, it surprised so many of us, and honestly, the hard times that came from it are good memories. For most of us, anyway. And most of the people here sharing their lives with us.

Scroll slowly and enjoy the stories (and photos when possible) never before shared with the media.