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Lake County News Chronicle
County passes buffer law ordinance
Flooding pushes up wastewater lift station costs
Lake County Sheriff's Report: Nov. 17
Liquor store project in limbo
Two Harbors High School Honor Roll: Quarter 1
Basketball: Mariner boys have 'high hopes'
Hockey: Roy, Nordean to help lead Storm boys
Swimming: Four Agates head to state
Hockey: Storm girls lose first game
Hockey: Conditioning key to successful Storm season
baseball and softball
Ask a Trooper: Children must wear approved helmets on ATVs
Judge's View: 'Me, too' hashtag exposes harassment often viewed as 'norm'
Legal Learning: To kneel or not to kneel – That is the question
Letter: Lake County more than just Two Harbors
On Faith: Cultivate a sense of gratitude
Mary Ann Pearson
Mary Lou Bemis
Martin Bruce Hicks
Shirley Mae Moschet
Esther Mildred Kusch
North Shore Library News: Nov. 17
News-Chronicle archives find new home
Lake County Past: Nov. 17
KTWH asks community to 'give to the max'
North Shore Library News: Nov. 10
arts and entertainment
DNR Report: Nov. 17
DNR Report: Nov. 10
DNR Report: Nov. 3
Agencies, landowners partner to improve forest health
Young moose rescued after falling through ice
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August 19, 2016
Ask a Trooper: How to correctly do the 'zipper merge'
Q: Could you explain the "zipper merge" for merging into construction zones in Minnesota? I have tried using the zipper merge many times and it seems that hardly anyone else on the road knows about how it is supposed to work. If another driver intentionally blocks a lane, isn't that...
August 19, 2016 - 4:00am
August 12, 2016
Ask a Trooper: How to handle inoperative traffic lights
Q: 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 at the intersection agreed with me. My daughter nearly got hit in the intersection, from a driver...
August 12, 2016 - 4:00am
August 5, 2016
Ask a Trooper: How to handle road rage
Q: I recently read about a study by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety that found 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 patrol...
August 5, 2016 - 4:00am
July 29, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Passing vehicles in Minnesota
Q: I have a question about the number of vehicles a person is allowed to pass at one time? Am I allowed to go over the posted speed limit when I pass a vehicle? A: Minnesota does not list a certain number of vehicles that a driver can pass at one time. Minnesota law allows a driver...
July 29, 2016 - 4:00am
July 22, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Law regarding railroad crossings
Q: Can you talk about railroad crossing safety and the laws that cover it?
July 22, 2016 - 4:00am
July 15, 2016
Ask a Trooper: License plates in Minnesota
Q: 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? Can you talk about the law that pertains to license plates in Minnesota?
July 15, 2016 - 4:00am
July 8, 2016
Ask a Trooper: At stop signs, treat bicyclists as you would auto traffic
Q: 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 and...
July 8, 2016 - 4:00am
July 1, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Laws regarding hoods, fenders and wheels
Q: 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? A: There is nothing in Minnesota law requiring a hood on a motor vehicle while in transport.
July 1, 2016 - 4:00am
June 24, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Hit-and-run statistics in Minnesota
Q: 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? A: As a State Patrol public...
June 24, 2016 - 4:00am
June 17, 2016
Ask a Trooper: Seat belt exemptions
Q: What are the seat belt law exemptions in Minnesota? A: Law enforcement is focused on educating the public on the dangers of not wearing a seat belt in a motor vehicle. Working as a state trooper, I have seen the tragic outcome as a result of not wearing a seat belt. I encourage...
June 17, 2016 - 4:00am
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