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Protesters and counter-protesters face off over Crosby mayor
Four injured in Aldrich collision
WDC third-grade teacher Dan Savoie to be honored by NJPA
Late runs lift Pillager past W-DC
Parkers Prairie spoils W-DC home opener
Wadena-Deer Creek track and field finishes busy week
Clean sweep for WDC Track and Field
Quincer cards 80 for Wolverines in DL Invite
Mary Ann A. Paavola
Wayne W. Sagehorn
United Way of Todd and Wadena Counties welcomes new board members
M State ranked No. five by LearnHowToBecome.org
Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative annual meeting slated for April 20
Assisted living facility construction moving along quickly
Tri-County Health Care offering new acid reflux procedure
Entertainment briefs - April 27 edition
Jorgenson draws a crowd April 8
'Fate of the Furious" reaches new heights in action
Hundreds attend Easter egg hunt in Wadena
Entertainment briefs - April 6 edition
Widows and orphans
Widows and orphans
NJPA honors area high school students as rising stars
Black appointed as the new Director of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System
What are the 'best practices' for pedestrians?
Your letters - April 13 edition
VA Presumptive AO Diseases Pending Decisions for 2017
What are the laws concerning open bottles?
Sports briefs - April 27 edition
Chalk up a pair for the Grants
Minnesota should see another good turkey hunting season
Lack of snow means burning restrictions will happen soon
Tulibee dominate catch in Brainerd Jaycees Extravaganza
ask a trooper
September 13, 2016
Can bee boxes be in highway right of ways?
Question: I drive truck for a living and was talking with some folks the other day and was wondering if there is any regulation to these bee boxes in proximity to the highway. I travel all over and see a lot of them. I've noticed when I pass by these areas I find quite a few bees...
September 13, 2016 - 12:08am
September 7, 2016
What is the history of the Minnesota State Patrol?
Question: Can you talk about the history of the Minnesota State Patrol? Answer: I was educated about the history of the Minnesota State Patrol while I was a cadet at the training academy. Listed below are some of the important changes and a timeline on when they occurred. In 1929,...
September 7, 2016 - 12:08am
August 29, 2016
What are the rules regarding collector plates?
Question: I read your article from 2014 concerning collector plates. I have a related question. I have a 20-year-old car that would qualify for collector plates. Collector plates are usually a single plate if I'm not mistaken. I currently have regular passenger car plates on the vehicle....
August 29, 2016 - 8:15am
August 22, 2016
Can a vehicle be sold without a VIN plate?
Question: I've been helping my neighbor prep for sale a 1955 Ford pickup that has been in her family since new. I noticed the other day that the VIN plate is missing from the glove box door (the rivet holes are still there). It must have been lost by the body shop that painted the...
August 22, 2016 - 12:10am
August 16, 2016
What are the rules regarding uncontrolled intersections?
Question: I just wanted to suggest a topic for your Ask a Trooper column in the paper. What are the rules when a traffic light is out, because of a power outage for example? I treat them as a four-way stop, which I believe is correct. It seems, however, that not everybody that was...
August 16, 2016 - 12:10am
August 7, 2016
How many "road rage" incidents are reported to the State Patrol?
Question: I read about a recent study by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety, found that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the previous year. How many "road rage" incidents are reported to the State...
August 7, 2016 - 12:08am
August 1, 2016
What laws cover railroad safety?
Question: Can you talk about railroad crossing safety and the laws that cover it? Answer: In my career, I had responded and investigated train/vehicle crashes where the majority of them resulted with a fatality or a serious injury to the vehicle occupants. Collisions with trains are...
August 1, 2016 - 12:10am
July 26, 2016
Must vehicles have hoods?
Question: I have two questions for you. Do I need a hood on my car to operate it legally? What is the law regarding vehicle fenders and tires sticking out beyond the sides of a vehicle? Answer: There is nothing in Minnesota law requiring a hood on a motor vehicle while in transport....
July 26, 2016 - 12:10am
July 18, 2016
What are the rules regarding cyclists?
Question: I frequently encounter a traffic situation while riding my bicycle. I ride with traffic and adhere to the same rules as when I'm behind the wheel of my own vehicle. When I come to a stop sign on my bike and the crossing traffic does not have the same, many drivers will stop...
July 18, 2016 - 12:10am
July 4, 2016
How many hit and runs happen in Minnesota?
Question: There was a story in the news about a recent hit and run fatal crash where the State Patrol was looking for the public's help in locating the vehicle that fled. How many hit and run incidents are there in Minnesota and what is the law that covers this? Answer: As a State...
July 4, 2016 - 12:08am
June 27, 2016
What are the seat belt law exemptions in Minnesota?
Question: What are the seat belt law exemptions in Minnesota? Answer: Law enforcement is focused on educating the public on the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt in a motor vehicle. Working as a state trooper for the last 18 years, I have seen the tragic outcomes that result all too...
June 27, 2016 - 12:10am
June 18, 2016
Do trucks hauling loose loads need to be covered?
Question: Isn't it a state law that trucks that haul loose loads such as gravel and granite pieces must have their loads covered? I have lived at my current address for 40 years now and I have seen very few of these kinds of loads covered. With the winds that we have combined with...
June 18, 2016 - 12:10am
June 13, 2016
Five different colors used for license registration
Question: I've noticed that the tabs on our license plates change color every year. Who decides what color the Minnesota registration tabs on license plates should be? Answer: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) use five colors for registration...
June 13, 2016 - 12:10am
June 7, 2016
Is it illegal to drive with tailgate down?
Question: I like to drive with my tailgate down on my pickup for better gas mileage. The other day, a friend told me this was illegal. Is that true?
June 7, 2016 - 12:10am
May 28, 2016
How many people wear a seatbelt?
Question: I have heard a lot about "click it or ticket" recently, I thought seatbelt use was at an all-time high? Answer: The 2015 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey shows 94 percent compliance for front seat occupants. In 1987, there were 4,176 vehicle occupants who suffered severe injuries...
May 28, 2016 - 12:08am