Rob Beer is manager of Forum News Service in Fargo. The Princeton, Minn., native and a 1993 Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate began working at The Forum in 1991. He is a former graphic artist, assistant sports editor, presentation and online editor at The Forum. He previously worked at the New Ulm (Minn.) Journal and the Huron (S.D.) Plainsman.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota roadway fatalities increased 6 percent in 2018 over the previous year, preliminary numbers released Wednesday, Jan. 2, from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety show. Of the 380 deaths, 121 were alcohol-related while 100 were speed-related, each higher than 2017 figures. Overall, there were 26,853 drunken-driving arrests, an increase of 8 percent from the previous year. Distraction-related deaths were up slightly from 25 in 2017 to 27. More unbuckled occupants also lost their lives, with 90 killed compared to 78 in 2017.