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There are 72 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 4, 2010, titled Recap: Twins 2, Rays 1 -- Delmon Young, Matt Guerrier gain redempti.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A 17-year-old boy was killed Tuesday afternoon on a highway near Owatonna, Minn., when a landscaping block flew off a work truck driven by a man fined for a similar incident last year.

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Jim

Faribault, MN

#62 Aug 5, 2010
Juan St Jesus wrote:
Too bad it wasnt a tea party member
Wow....this statement brought to you by free speech. Ironic isn't it?
Juan St Jesus

Dallas, WI

#63 Aug 5, 2010
Just like the right to bear arms, nit...
Jim

Faribault, MN

#64 Aug 5, 2010
Juan St Jesus wrote:
Just like the right to bear arms, nit...
Exactly the same right that allows you to be opinionated and socially stupid and still be able to sleep at night...nit.
SeaShark

Eden Prairie, MN

#65 Aug 5, 2010
THIS IS NOT AN "ACCIDENTAL" DEATH; IT'S MURDER!!

North Star Stone employee Darrell Jensen should be charged with third degree murder for his recklessly negligent criminal failure to secure his truck load, which directly caused the preventable death of 17-year old Steven Batt. Jensen was cited for not having a secure load last year, when witnesses informed law officers that a concrete block bounced off his work truck on I-35 in Burnsville, pled guilty to the charge and paid a $300 fine.

Jensen and his employers, North Star Stone and parent company Cemstone Products, clearly didn't learn a lesson from the law violation. The Minnesota State Patrol investigation of the August 3rd incident shouldn't focus solely on Jensen but should also determine whether or not criminal charges should be filed against his employers and Cemstone safety director Mike Brekken and vice president of operations Timothy Becken.

There is no excuse for Darrell Jensen's repeated failure to secure his truck loads. His reckless disregard for the safety of other motorists and their passengers must be answered with a third degree murder charge and no plea bargain offer.
free in mn

United States

#66 Aug 6, 2010
The whole article wrote:
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I believe the poster was asking about this part of the same story. Maybe you were the one that was too lazy to read?
"In March, Steve Konrad, programming director at 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, was critically injured when he was thrown from his motorcycle after hitting a mattress that had fallen from the top of an SUV on Interstate 94 in St. Paul."
No, I'm not "too lazy to read", Mr or Ms Assumer. Since the story was primarily about the young man's death, the poster could have clarified his/her meaning.
WhatTheHeck

Minneapolis, MN

#67 Aug 7, 2010
Sarah D wrote:
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Actually, professional truck drivers are much more likely to make sure that their loads are securely fashioned precisely because it's part of their livelihood.
This guy sounds like he wasn't so much a professional truck driver as he was just delivering work supplies for the company he works for.
Professional truck drivers drive all over the country delivering often very heavy loads (which you know already, I'm stating this for other people who don't know what it's like), that could take THEIR lives if the loads are not placed and secured properly.
There are shows on TV that deal with the real livelihoods of truckers, loggers, crab fishermen, etc. etc. Yes there is a certain part of drama emphasized in these shows (the producers still want ratings) but they have certainly opened my eyes as to what these various professions have to deal with.
And it has especially shown me that I would not have the mental fortitude, the endurance and nothing of the knowledge that it would take to do these jobs. My respect for these professions have gone up immensely.
And Ice Road Truckers! Watch it.
WhatTheHeck

Minneapolis, MN

#68 Aug 7, 2010
Nobama1980 wrote:
Very sad deal, condolences sent out to anyone who knew this young man. Its just proof that anything can happen at anytime. Make sure the people you love know how you feel. To the driver: Though it was an accident, you deserve to feel the way you do about this and I hope you live with that guilt your whole life. You are responsible for your load and you are responsible for taking a life. May justice run its course and you be prosecuted to the highest for your fatal error. Make an example out of this guy, make the laws tighter on truck drivers.
Make the laws tighter on truck drivers AND anyone else hauling something not properly tied down.

Since: Jul 10

Duluth, MN

#69 Aug 7, 2010
WhatTheHeck wrote:
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Make the laws tighter on truck drivers AND anyone else hauling something not properly tied down.
Yeah, that should happen too, but as an industry there needs to be something done. I think that an individual who is moving and has the back of their truck filled like the beverly hill billys is more prone to be pulled over than a commercial trucker who has issues securing their load. I think that the commercial driver is cut way too much slack because of the cost involved and time involved for increasing minimum safety standards. When it comes to the cost of doing these things public safety should not take a backseat. I do agree with you on the fact that individuals take short cuts too and they should have the same standard as commercial drivers. I feel like its the opposite though.

See "WhatTheHeck" we can be on the same page about something. Im not as outlandish as you thought.
WhatTheHeck

Minneapolis, MN

#70 Aug 7, 2010
Nobama1980 wrote:
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Yeah, that should happen too, but as an industry there needs to be something done. I think that an individual who is moving and has the back of their truck filled like the beverly hill billys is more prone to be pulled over than a commercial trucker who has issues securing their load. I think that the commercial driver is cut way too much slack because of the cost involved and time involved for increasing minimum safety standards. When it comes to the cost of doing these things public safety should not take a backseat. I do agree with you on the fact that individuals take short cuts too and they should have the same standard as commercial drivers. I feel like its the opposite though.
See "WhatTheHeck" we can be on the same page about something. Im not as outlandish as you thought.
Hey, our biggest thing in common is "NO OBAMA." LOL! I don't have a problem with you. I was just trying to explain the difference between the news and the commentary programs. I am so sick to death of people like us always having to carry the load of everybody. You end up with absolutely nothing for yourself. I'm tired of us working our tails off to the bone and feeling like we're living in poverty despite our efforts. Then you get to hear about the dead beats in Washington who don't feel they should have to pay their taxes. We're being used.
WhatTheHeck

Minneapolis, MN

#71 Aug 7, 2010
About this issue, there have been a couple of times that I've gotten after hubby for getting a load tied down. He doesn't think about the consequences if something flew out of our vehicle, but I do. There was an individual who was killed the same way by some woman who was an artist. She had all her art junk loose in the back of her truck and some of it flew out and killed someone.
jimbo

Clarksburg, MD

#72 Aug 8, 2010
What an irresponsible stooge! He should be terminated immediately by his employer and then prosecuted as a repeat offender... can you say jail time?
hUH

Minneapolis, MN

#73 Aug 8, 2010
mobius wrote:
When I think about it, all of our lives are in the hands of stupid, careless, idiot lazy people. I was almost run over by a huge garbage truck on I35W-Southbound when he decided to change lanes w/o putting on his signals and changed lanes w/o bothering to look at his rearview mirros. It was literlly less than 20 inches away from my front bumpers! I wanted to call the number on the truck, but didn't want to get into an accident while finding my phone and dialing the number while driving!
OMG!!!!!! A HUGE GARBAGE TRUCK!!!! OMG!!!! HE IS ON THE SAME ROAD AS ME IN MY MINIVAN!!!!! 20 INCHES AWAY!!!!! OMG!!!!! SHUTUP YOU DOUCHEBAG!!!

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