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UPDATE 1:30 p.m: Two dead in crash on I-94 near Osakis

Word of the day: safety

In one of the classes, students learned about the dangerous consequences of distracted driving. Crystal Hoepner with Douglas County Safe Communities was the presenter. (Contributed photo)1 / 3
Minnesota law enforcement officers talked about the importance of firearm safety at the May 2 camp. (Contributed photo)2 / 3
Nearly 500 students from the area attended last Thursday's Safety First Camp at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria. (Contributed photo)3 / 3

The phrase "Safety First" wasn't just a saying for 471 5th graders from Douglas County and West Central Area schools last Thursday.

They learned about it up close and personal at the 20th annual Safety First Camp at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria. They participated in 20 classes, demonstrations and interactive presentations.

All the presenters donated their time to educate students about a variety of safety issues.

Students learned about electrical safety, fire safety, personal watercraft, water patrol, babysitting safety, seat belt use, bicycle safety, firearms, pet safety, first aid, fighting back, farm safety, tobacco risks, choking, chemical awareness, distracted driving and more.

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