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Patrol reports WE Fest drivers were relatively safe

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Traffic was heavy around the WE Fest grounds near Detroit Lakes this past weekend but drivers and pedestrians mostly acted in a relatively safe manner, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Traffic was heavy around the WE Fest grounds near Detroit Lakes this past weekend but drivers and pedestrians mostly acted in a relatively safe manner, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The State Patrol said Tuesday that no serious crashes were reported during the weekend but troopers did arrest 42 people for DUI offenses.

The State Patrol issued 292 citations between Thursday and Sunday and 1,092 warnings were handed out.

State Patrol Capt. Bruce Hentges said enforcement numbers were higher than anticipated but he said no one was seriously hurt in traffic incidents over the weekend.

"We are pleased to report that everyone that came to WE Fest went home safely and will come back again," Hentges said.

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The State Patrol handled 75 cases of under-age drinking over the weekend in connection with the festival.

Hentges said in one case, a 15-year-old cited for under-age drinking called his father for a ride home and afterward asked a trooper to put him in jail.

"No, really. I'd like to do that while my Dad cools down a little," Hentges quoted the youth as saying.

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