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The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days:

• Feb. 24: Eight-hour first-time course, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hackensack.

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• Feb. 26-27: Eight-hour first-time course, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Crosslake Community Center.

• Feb. 27: Four-hour refresher course, noon-4 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa.

• Feb. 28: Four-hour refresher course, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Pine River State Bank, Pine River.

The driver improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By using the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regard to driver safety, new laws and vehicle technology.

Fee for the four-hour refresher course is $20 and the eight-hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter.org or call 888-234-1294.

People age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First-time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the discount.

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