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Rice County Sheriff Jesse Thomas presents an award to Faribault Police Officer Jacob Charlton for making the most DWI arrests in the last fiscal year. (Colton Kemp photos/southernminn.com)

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Rice County Sheriff’s deputy Larry Stone shakes the hand of Scott McConkey, the Minnesota Department of Traffic Safety law-enforcement liaison for southern Minnesota, before being handed the DWI All Star Bat. (Colton Kemp/southernminn.com)

The holiday season can bring a lot of families together to celebrate. But, especially for the police, the holidays bring a much darker reality to the forefront of the conversation.

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Faribault Police Sgt. Mark Krenik shares anecdotes and statistics about traffic fatalities during the Toward Zero Deaths holiday kickoff event at the new Lonsdale Police Station. (Colton Kemp/southernminn.com)

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Faribault Police Sgt. Mark Krenik shares anecdotes and statistics about traffic fatalities during the Toward Zero Deaths holiday kickoff event at the new Lonsdale Police Station. (Colton Kemp/southernminn.com)

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Faribault Police Sgt. Mark Krenik reads a written commendation for Officer Jacob Charlton’s efforts in combatting impaired driving. (Colton Kemp/southernminn.com)

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The DWI All Star Bat is inscribed with Rice County Sheriff Deputy Larry Stone’s nickname, “Millhouse.”

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Casey’s General Store in Lonsdale put stickers, reminding people to drive safely, on every pizza box for the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Reach Reporter Colton Kemp at 507-333-3129. © Copyright 2022 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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