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Wadena County wanted - Aug. 25 edition
Living History: Local cyclist injured in Wadena accident
WDC cheerleaders invited to cheer in London
VFW and Auxiliary sponsoring patriotic essay contest
Finck wins 14th club championship at Whitetail Run
WDC volleyers out to improve on 2015 finish
PRC teams can expect more trouble with Pirates
WDC harriers hunting for personal bests
Twins should have sights set on 2017
John Patrick "Pat" Sargent
Joan Gertrude Wagner
William 'Bill' Bretz
Cyber Cafe offers safe space for teens
Lunde Auto Sales opens in Wadena
Karvonen Funeral Home adding cremation services
Henning woman accepts new NJPA position
New coffee, boutique shop to open on Highway 10
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning announces fall schedule
Entertainment briefs - Aug. 25 edition
Step back in time at Finn Creek Folk Festival
Railroad Days celebration is this weekend in Staples
England Prairie Show Days return this weekend
Illnesses, hospitalization can permanently worsen dementia
Do youth see God and religion as irrelevant?
Garlic Parmesan Chicken
Birth announcements - Aug. 18 edition
Perkins graduates from Northwest Technical
What are the rules regarding collector plates?
New Ways of Stealing Credit Card Data
State legislature frozen in dysfunction
Your letters - Aug. 18 edition
Bad ideas to improve VA services
State waterfowl season to begin Sept. 24
Anglers exceed Mille Lacs walleye quota, season continues anyway
DNR offers tips to private forest owners dealing with storm damage
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Wadena grad wins fishing contest on Otter Tail
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October 3, 2015
What needs to be done when selling vehicle through private party?
Question: What does the State of Minnesota require the seller of a vehicle licensed in Minnesota to do or report when a vehicle is sold through a private party sale? Answer: When you sell a vehicle, you (owner/seller) are responsible to file the "Notice of Sale" within ten days...
October 3, 2015 - 12:10am
September 29, 2015
Does traffic have to wait for cyclists trying to cross at an intersection?
Question: Does traffic have to wait for someone on a bicycle trying to cross at an intersection? Answer: Bicyclists and motorists are equally responsible for safety on the road. The number one contributing factor to bicycle-vehicle collisions is failure to yield the right-of-way...
September 29, 2015 - 8:15am
September 22, 2015
Should passengers have feet on the dashboard?
Question: I spend a fair amount of time on the highway and often see passengers in vehicles with their feet on the dash. How can their seat belts be in the proper location to do their job? What would happen in the case of an air bag deployment? Answer: Great question. There is...
September 22, 2015 - 12:08am
September 7, 2015
Have laws changed regarding mufflers?
Question: Has the law requiring vehicles operated on roadways to have sound suppression devices (mufflers) been changed? I see vehicles with straight pipes, motorcycles with straight pipes and hear many others that sound as if they have no suppression. If the law is there why is it...
September 7, 2015 - 12:08am
August 30, 2015
Traffic sign color reflects its meaning
Q: Regarding the $300 fine for speeding in construction zones, I know the white-and-black speed limit sign is the posted legal speed limit. But are orange signs supposed to be advisory or warning signs? Can you get a ticket for going the speed of the white sign when there also are...
August 30, 2015 - 12:10am
August 23, 2015
What is the penalty for driving around a "road closed" barrier?
Question: What is the penalty for driving around a barricade when a road is closed? Answer: Minnesota State Statute 160.2715 says; "It shall be unlawful to drive over, through, or around any barricade, fence or obstruction erected for the purpose of preventing traffic from passing...
August 23, 2015 - 12:10am
August 17, 2015
Why the increase in fine for texting and driving?
Question: Can you talk about the new increased fine if cited for texting and driving? Answer: Drivers who repeatedly choose texting over safety while behind the wheel risk a higher fine for violating the law. Under the new enhanced law, drivers face a $225 fine for second and subsequent...
August 17, 2015 - 12:08am
August 10, 2015
Is it legal to leave pet in running vehicle?
Question: Is it "legal" to leave your dog in a car (summertime) with a/c and car running but locked? We occasionally will do this while grabbing a quick bite to eat or running a fast errand. Answer: Minnesota State Statute 346.57 says, "A person may not leave a dog or a cat unattended...
August 10, 2015 - 12:08am
August 3, 2015
Can passengers ride in moving campers?
Question: Is it legal to carry passengers in a camper or fifth-wheel on the highway? Answer: Although it appears unsafe, it is legal for people to ride in campers pulled behind trucks in Minnesota. This is not the case in all states, so you need to check with each state you are...
August 3, 2015 - 8:15am
July 26, 2015
What endorsement is needed to drive three-wheel motorcycle?
Question: What type of license endorsement would I need to operate the new Can-Am Spyder three wheel motorcycle/vehicle in Minnesota? Answer: They are classified as a motorcycle in Minnesota and you must have a standard driver's license with either a motorcycle instruction permit,...
July 26, 2015 - 12:10am
July 20, 2015
Can ball hitches be installed without pulling a trailer?
Question: I was wondering if it is illegal to have the ball hitch in the receiver of my truck if I am not pulling any trailers at that time? Also is it illegal to have more than one ball on my bumper? Answer: No, it is not illegal to have a ball hitch in the receiver of a truck...
July 20, 2015 - 12:10am
July 13, 2015
Ask a Trooper: How close is too close?
Question: What is the correct following distance? Everyone seems to be way too close behind each other. What can I do as a driver having someone...
July 13, 2015 - 12:08am
July 1, 2015
Why are license plates replaced every seven years?
Question: I read your last article on rear license plate lamps and the display of license plates and this got me wondering as I went to renew my registration the other day. They gave me new license plates and said they do this every seven years. Why is that? Answer: Good question....
July 1, 2015 - 12:08am
June 21, 2015
Must the back license plate be illuminated?
Question: I've noticed there appears to be two light bulbs/lamps near the rear license plate. Is it required to have both lights on your license plate working or is it alright if only one light is working? Is it illegal if your license plate light or lights are out? Answer: Most...
June 21, 2015 - 12:10am
June 15, 2015
Can mechanics test drive semis?
Question: I am wondering how to interpret a law for mechanics that have a "Class D" driver's license. Would they be able to "test drive" a semi or bring it to another shop for repairs without penalty? Another question I have pertains to electronic logbooks. My understanding is that...
June 15, 2015 - 12:10am