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Fabio Lopez (from left), Jen Froderman and Tracy Brown were working with parents and children at the Nobles County Fair on Thursday to ensure people are using child and booster seats properly. Throughout the remainder of the fair, families may register for one of two car seats to be given away. The seats were purchased through a donation from Worthington’s Early Risers Kiwanis group. Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — Throughout her years in law enforcement, Tracy Brown witnessed numerous injuries to children involved in car crashes — injuries that may have been prevented if the children were properly secured in a child safety seat or booster.

At the Nobles County Fair Thursday, Brown — now the Southern Minnesota Child Passenger Safety Liaison — joined Jen Froderman, a Nobles County Community Services (NCCS) social worker, and Fabio Lopez, an outreach working in NCCS’ public health department, in educating the public about the rules of child seatbelt use.

From telling parents that children must be at least 1 year old and weigh a minimum of 20 pounds to be placed in a forward-facing child safety seat; to stressing the importance of using a booster seat for all children who are less than 4 feet, 9 inches tall, Brown said the messages are meant to prevent serious injuries to children involved in crashes.

Starting Thursday and continuing through Sunday, visitors to the public health booth will be encouraged to register to win one of two child safety seats to be given away — along with educational materials on how to properly install and use the seats. The seats were purchased with donations from Worthington’s Early Risers Kiwanis group.

To register, stop by the public health booth inside the commercial building on the fairgrounds.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached

at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At The Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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