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Benefit for Fink set for Oct. 21
Monuments added to Deer Creek Veterans Memorial Park
It's down to the voters
Hay bales catch fire on semi traveling on Interstate 94
FCCLAers attend the Fall Area Conference at the U of M in Morris
Wolverines finish third at Park Region Championships
Second place finish for Wolverines at Park Region Championships
Wolverines finish perfect conference season
Hunter shoots 700-plus-pound bear in northwest Minnesota
DNR eyes land swap to connect ATV trail
Marian L. Johnston (Goedel)
Ruth Norene Van De Venter
Ida Minerva Hoefs
Two providers join Verndale Clinic
Uptown Restaurant earns Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
Tri-County Health Care CEO descend for diabetes
Rural broadband becoming reality for central Minnesota residents thanks to nearly $10M in public and private investments
Living in the golden years
Entertainment briefs - Oct. 12 edition
Library to host computer class Nov. 18
Book Ends announces guest author Elisa Korenne
Entertainment briefs - Oct. 5 edition
Pippa White's one-woman show set for Oct. 6
God may be an easy target, but he's a strong one
The cost of being a disciple
Faith briefs - Sept. 14 edition
Faith briefs - Sept. 14 edition
Beef and Avocado Quesadillas
How many people are dying on roads in the US?
Pension advance loans are schemes
Over 1,500 service members still eligible for 2013 military tax credit
Energy Infrastructure Spells Major Job Opportunities for Minnesota
Can antique vehicles be sold without a VIN?
Knob Hill, MDHA sponsoring Forkhorn Field Day Oct. 1
Fly fishing class slated for May 24, 31 and June 7
Time to drop the lines
Sports briefs - April 27 edition
Chalk up a pair for the Grants
Gretta Jean Wegscheid
Hayden James Lynk
ask a trooper
July 3, 2017
What do you do when you see another vehicle coming at you in your lane?
Question: With some recent wrong way head-on crashes in the area, can you provide some tips on what to do if you see another vehicle coming at you in your lane? Answer: When we receive a call that a vehicle is traveling the wrong way, we treat this as an emergency and respond to the...
July 3, 2017 - 5:01pm
June 24, 2017
What are the road rules for skaters and rollerbladers?
Question: I was skating the other day and wondering about how skaters/rollerbladers should behave on the roads. I am familiar with bike laws - a bicycle is treated like any other vehicle on the road with a few exceptions. What about inline skates? Especially if I'm training, skating...
June 24, 2017 - 6:54pm
June 19, 2017
Can you get a DWI while riding a horse?
Question: A friend of mine recently saw two people riding their horses at night near a bar. We suspect they were trying to avoid a DWI. Can you get a DWI while riding a horse? What about a bicycle? Answer: In Minnesota, it is a crime for any person to drive, operate, or be in physical...
June 19, 2017 - 4:40pm
June 12, 2017
What are the rules regarding transporting fuel cans?
Question: I see vehicles go by with extended carriers attached to their hitch with several full gas cans. We discuss what could happen if a driver was not paying attention and ran into one such vehicle. How safe can this be? Is there any laws in place that makes this unlawful? Answer:...
June 12, 2017 - 5:07pm
May 29, 2017
Looking for a summer camp? Try School Patrol Camp
Question: I was told that the Minnesota State Patrol is involved in teaching a school patrol camp in the summer. Can you provide me with some information about it? Answer: Legionville is a summer camp is where school patrol students are taught the fundamentals of school patrol, school...
May 29, 2017 - 3:32pm
May 21, 2017
What is a bumper height law and the law about tires that extend out past the fenders?
Question: I want to install a lift kit and put bigger tires on my pickup. I want to comply with all the state laws. What is a bumper height law and the law about tires that extend out past the fenders? Answer: Adding a lift kit and installing bigger tires and rims are very popular...
May 21, 2017 - 12:39pm
May 14, 2017
What are the most common vehicle equipment violations?
Question: What are the most common vehicle equipment violations you see? Answer: In my career as a Minnesota State Trooper, I have witnessed and investigated all kinds of common equipment violations. The most common violations I have seen are: • Window tint violations: No vehicle...
May 14, 2017 - 11:04am
May 8, 2017
What do I do with my old driver's license?
Question: So I lost my driver's license. Physically misplaced it and searched high and low and no luck and couldn't find it anywhere. I went to the DVS and applied for a new one. After a while I got it in the mail. Now, several months later I found my old one. So I now have two driver's...
May 8, 2017 - 4:40pm
May 1, 2017
How do I become a state trooper?
Question: I am interested in becoming a Minnesota State Trooper. Can you give me more information on joining the State Patrol? Answer: The Minnesota...
May 1, 2017 - 4:40pm
April 24, 2017
What are the 'best practices' for pedestrians?
Question: On most days I observe college students who are wearing dark jackets and hats, listening to "tunes" while walking, or walking in the same direction as motor traffic rather than facing that traffic. This street has no sidewalks so all the walking occurs close to the cars....
April 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
April 17, 2017
What are the laws concerning open bottles?
Question: Can you talk about the open bottle law in Minnesota? Can a person have an alcoholic beverage while operating a boat on a lake? How about if you are a passenger in the back of a motor home? Answer: A motorist cannot consume alcohol in any vehicle while on a public road. This...
April 17, 2017 - 3:00pm
April 10, 2017
What do the words on the squad car mean?
Question: What do those words on the door of your squad car "L'ETOILE DU NORD" mean? Answer: Our squad car door badge contains the Seal of Minnesota...
April 10, 2017 - 2:00pm
April 3, 2017
What do service bars mean?
Question: I noticed a white and blue pin on a highway patrolman's uniform where a nametag might usually be, what would that stand for? Answer: What you saw was most likely a blue and white service bar that a Trooper received for a life-saving award. This recognition is awarded to...
April 3, 2017 - 3:00pm
March 26, 2017
Can police make traffic stops in unmarked vehicles?
Question: Is it legal for local police or highway patrol to make regular traffic stops with an unmarked vehicle (no markings at all) or does the vehicle have to have some kind of markings? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol has 15 unmarked squad cars operated by troopers whose primary...
March 26, 2017 - 10:18am
March 20, 2017
Are colored well lights against the law?
Question: I have a legal question for you. I have installed a light located in the wheel well to cast a glow onto the tire and rim. Mine are a purple color. You cannot see the LED light, just the glow. Is it legal for me to drive on the road with this? Thanks! Answer: That color of...
March 20, 2017 - 12:26pm