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Authorities search for armed man near Finland
Castle Danger Brewery plans major expansion
Local thrift store works to create youth center
North Shore Horizons welcomes new members
Robotics teams gear up for competition
Bayside Chatter: Storm boys wrap up regular season
Mariners top Wrens in thriller
Agates battling for playoff position
Bayside Chatter: Storm girls wrap up season
Lemke sets single game scoring record
baseball and softball
Live Well Lake County: Be a leader on chronic conditions, fall preventions
Legal Learning: Bill could repeal seat belt gag rule
Starwatch: Venus makes way for Mercury
On Faith: The potter and the clay
On Faith: Let your little light shine
Irene "Blanche" Westermeyer
JACK B. RAY
WALLACE R. CARLSON
North Shore Library News: Feb. 24
Lake County Past: Feb. 24
Winter fun in Two Harbors
Lake County Past: Feb 17
Cabin Fever Reliever ticket presale begins
arts and entertainment
DNR Report: Feb. 24
DNR Report: Feb. 17
DNR Report: Feb. 10
Voyageur Club helps out a great cause
DNR Report: Feb. 3
Legals: Feb. 17
Legals: Feb. 10
Legals: Feb. 3
Legals: Jan. 27
Legals: Jan. 20
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June 10, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Does a load of loose material need to be covered?
Q: 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 the fast...
June 10, 2016 - 4:00am
June 3, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Why is there so much focus on seatbelt use?
Q: I see a lot of media attention on the importance of seat belt use. I thought seat belt use was at an all-time high? A: 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...
June 3, 2016 - 4:00am
May 20, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Rules for using the shoulder of the road
Q: Is it legal to pull up to your mailbox on the shoulder to get your mail? The road has a shoulder, but traffic still has to move over the centerline. It looks very unsafe. What is the rule of the road in this case? I know it would be a lot safer if they just pulled into their driveway...
May 20, 2016 - 4:00am
April 29, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Is driving with tailgate down illegal?
Q: 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? A: According to Minnesota State Statute (M.S.S.) 169.43 (b) "No truck shall be driven or parked on any highway with tailgate or tailboard...
April 29, 2016 - 4:00am
April 22, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Can minors use hands free cellphones while driving?
Q: With all this attention to distracted driving recently, I know that a person can talk on a cellphone while driving if they are 18 years old or older. I understand that it is illegal for anyone under that age to be on a cellphone. Does that apply to a hands-free device such as...
April 22, 2016 - 4:00am
April 15, 2016
Ask a Trooper: How many snowplow crashes are there each year?
Q: How many snowplow crashes are there in Minnesota each year? A: I was able to find statistics from 2010-2014.
April 15, 2016 - 4:00am
April 8, 2016
Ask a Trooper: RV triple towing requirements
Q: What are the requirements for RV triple towing in Minnesota? A: With warmer weather around the corner, we are sure to see more RVs and boat trailers on the roads being towed. A recreational vehicle combination may be operated without an over-length type permit if: (1) the combination...
April 8, 2016 - 4:00am
April 1, 2016
Ask a Trooper: What contributing factors are provided to public after crashes?
Q: When there is a vehicle mishap, it is reported to the public that alcohol did or did not play a part. What about a cell phone? Also, there is never any mention that drugs did or did not play a part in the mishap. With the known wide-spread availability/use of drugs, shouldn't this...
April 1, 2016 - 4:00am
March 25, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Is it legal to use fog lights when it isn't foggy?
Q: I would like to know if it is legal to have your fog lights on with your headlights at night when it is not foggy out. I have noticed a lot of vehicles with all four lights on while driving at night. These extra two lights do make it much more difficult to see when they are coming...
March 25, 2016 - 4:00am
March 18, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Medical exception to a specified window tint level
Q: If a person has a medical exception to a specified window tint level (per medical prescription by medical provider), do you have to register that exception/prescription with the state or register the car that has the applied tint?
March 18, 2016 - 4:00am
March 11, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Putting flashing light on pickup for plowing snow
Q: What is the law about mounting a flashing warning light on my pickup that I use to plow snow? I need to plow well beyond at the end of our driveway, as the plows can make quite a ridge of snow when they go by, and a warning light would get other drivers’ attention when I am...
March 11, 2016 - 4:00am
March 4, 2016
Ask a Trooper: What do you do when an aging family member's driving skills diminish?
Q: What can be done about an aging family member when their driving skills become diminished and it becomes a safety concern? A: Older drivers in general are safe. As we age, the risks behind the wheel increase with the possibility of declining cognitive, vision and physical abilities....
March 4, 2016 - 4:00am
February 26, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Is leaving car running unattended illegal?
Q: Is it illegal to leave your unattended car running with the keys in the ignition? A: There are some cities that have local ordinances against it, but there is no state statute that prohibits it. In Duluth it is a violation of City Ordinance 33-91 to leave your vehicle unattended...
February 26, 2016 - 4:00am
February 19, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Is hitchhiking legal?
Question: Is it legal to hitchhike in Minnesota? Answer: Minnesota State Statute 169.22 states "No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle." A roadway is defined as "a portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily...
February 19, 2016 - 4:00am
February 5, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Hanging items from rearview mirror can obstruct view
Q: What is the law about a disability parking certificate/tag that hangs from your rearview mirror? The instruction sheet that is mailed out by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety states, “Driving with the hang tag on your mirror could result in a ticket for obstructed view....
February 5, 2016 - 4:00am