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The Minnesota State Patrol announced that there will be an increased presence in St Cloud and all of the 13 deadliest counties from now until September of 2013.

The counties, selected because they have the highest combined totals of drunken-driving deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries, include the state's population centers of the Twin Cities, Duluth, Rochester and St. Cloud. But other counties don't fit that description.

Jean Ryan, impaired driving coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said two new counties on the list, Becker and Meeker, had unusually high numbers of fatalities and injuries compared with the "miles traveled" in those areas.

The 13 most dangerous DWI counties by drunken-driving deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries 2009-2011.

County Deaths Injuries Total

1. Hennepin 37 106 143

2. Ramsey 17 57 74

3. St. Louis 11 51 62

4. Anoka 12 46 58

5. Dakota 9 40 49

6. Olmsted 12 25 37

7. Washington 4 24 28

8. Stearns 11 16 27

9. Wright 12 13 25

10. Sherburne 9 16 25

11. Becker 7 17 24

12. Meeker 10 12 22

13. Otter Tail 9 13 22

It is never a good idea to drink and drive, but the odds of getting caught have increased.

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