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A couple of warmer days in recent weeks has brought out the earlier-bird motorcycle riders. After a long winter, warmer weather is on its way to stay and so is the motorcycle traffic. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports there are more than 409,000 licensed motorcyle operators in the state and nearly 236,000 registered motorcycles. Motorists are reminded to watch carefully for motorcycles in traffic, and always look twice before turning or changing lanes.

Motorcycle safety: Training key to saving lives this riding season

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WILLMAR - Shortly before 10 p.m. on March 11, Anand Baskaran, 30, of East Northport, N.Y., died after hitting a pothole and losing control of his motorcycle near Theodore Wirth Parkway on Interstate 394 outside Minneapolis.

The State Patrol reported at that time that Baskaran and a fellow rider who fled the scene were travelling at a rate of speed up to 120 mph. It’s not known if they were racing.

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Dan Burdett
Dan Burdett is the community content coordinator at the West Central Tribune. He has 13 years experience in print media, to include four years enlisted service in the United States Air Force. He has been an employee of Forum Communications since 2005, joining the company after spending two years as the managing editor of the Redwood Gazette and Livewire in Redwood Falls. Prior to his current position, Dan was the presentation editor at the Tribune.
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