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Each year fire officials use the end of daylight saving time as a reminder for homeowners to change the batteries in smoke alarms. (Tribune photo/

Change the clocks and the batteries

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ST. PAUL -- Daylight saving time ends Sunday, and Minnesotans will gain an extra hour of time -- time that State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl hopes will be used to check smoke alarm batteries.


"It takes just a moment -- and it could be the most valuable moment you spend this year, making sure those alarms go off if you have a residential fire," he said.

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