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Lake County News Chronicle
Chalk.a.Lot brings the kid out in everyone
2 dead after trees fall on Quetico campsite in storm
Blood donors needed in Two Harbors
Lake County Past: July 22
Summer girls basketball league works through successful season
Bay to Bay 10K crowns winner
Rivals top Proctor, fall to Ely
Two Harbors soccer girls head to Schwan's Cup
Two Harbors Walleye Fishing League: Week 7
Rivals take win over West Duluth
baseball and softball
Legal Learning: Gun laws and ducks
Home for the Summer: Little critters make themselves at home
Climate Column: The debate is heating up
Ask a Trooper: Law regarding railroad crossings
Ask a Trooper: License plates in Minnesota
JEREMY TODD STEVENS
EVE L. THOMPSON
BARBARA ANNE "BOBBY" SMITH
MICHAEL "BONSIE" GROSSKURTH
LAWRENCE W. "Nick" LEE
Bay Days celebration takes over Silver Bay
Lake County Past: July 15
Something for everyone at Heritage Days
Two Harbors City Band program: July 21
Annual Chalk.a.Lot Festival returns for fifth year
arts and entertainment
DNR Report: July 22
DNR Report: July 15
DNR Report: July 8
DNR Report: July 1
Legals: July 22
Legals: July 15
Legals: July 8
Legals: July 1
Legals: June 24
ask a trooper
July 24, 2015
Ask a Trooper: Getting a ticket for driving too slow
Question: Can a person get a ticket for driving too slow? Answer: Yes. Freeways in Minnesota have an actual posted minimum speed limit.
July 24, 2015 - 12:32pm
July 17, 2015
Ask a Trooper: Follow motorcycle license requirements for 3-wheel vehicles
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 17, 2015 - 1:48pm
July 10, 2015
Ask a Trooper: Is it illegal to have a ball hitch if I'm not pulling anything?
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 10, 2015 - 12:38pm
June 26, 2015
Ask a Trooper: What are the rules for pulling a boat trailer?
Question: I pull a camper with my pickup and was wondering if I can pull a boat trailer. What is the total length and other restrictions? Answer: Minnesota State Statute (M.S.S.) basically says in reference to lengths and combinations for pulling campers: M.S.S. 169.81 Subdivision...
June 26, 2015 - 1:21pm
June 19, 2015
Ask a Trooper: Electronic Proof of Insurance
Question: I have a question regarding electronic proof of auto insurance. I no longer receive a paper printout of my proof of auto insurance, is this acceptable if a person is required to show it on a traffic stop or crash?
June 19, 2015 - 1:20am
June 12, 2015
Ask a trooper: Headphones while driving
Question: I've increasingly seen more drivers wearing earphones, and especially full-fledged over the ear headphones while driving lately. And more motorcycle riders too. I thought it was against the law to wear them, and I don't recall seeing any statute changes to the contrary....
June 12, 2015 - 11:24am
May 29, 2015
Ask a Trooper: DUIs and going to Canada
Question: I want to take my nephew to Canada fishing. He got a DUI about three to five years ago, so what are the current rules/regulations of crossing the border into Canada if you have a DUI? Answer: This is a good question but does not apply to the Minnesota State Patrol.
May 29, 2015 - 11:02am
May 22, 2015
Ask a Trooper: Speed limit tolerance
Question: How fast can I drive before getting stopped? Is there a tolerance? Answer: The short answer is, "no." The reality is that there is no set allowance for speed by officers except the speed limit or to the conditions. I have been asked that question more than most other...
May 22, 2015 - 12:11pm
April 24, 2015
Ask a Trooper: April 24
This Ask a Trooper is from the archives. Question: There are way too many other drivers on their cell phones calling or texting. Why don't you enforce these laws? We never hear about it. Answer: I agree that there are too many drivers that are distracted while driving....
April 24, 2015 - 2:06pm
April 17, 2015
Ask a Trooper: MSP structure
Question: Could you please explain the state patrol ranks, from highest to lowest? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol is comprised of persons designated by law, as the chief supervisor, chief assistant supervisor, assistant supervisors and troopers. To clarify, the colonel is...
April 17, 2015 - 2:07pm
April 10, 2015
Ask a Trooper: Quotas
Question: I was talking with a friend the other day and the topic of "quotas" came up. He told me that cops have to write a certain amount of tickets each month otherwise they get in trouble. He also said this is why you see so many more out on the streets and highways at the end...
April 10, 2015 - 11:47am
April 3, 2015
Ask a Trooper: Phone calls on the road
Minnesota State Sgt. Neil Dickson clarifies laws when it comes to stopping on the interstate to use a cell phone.
April 3, 2015 - 11:49am
March 27, 2015
Ask a Trooper: Fog lights blinding drivers
Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Neil Dickenson answers questions about fog lights on vehicles and the regulations they have to follow.
March 27, 2015 - 11:36am
March 20, 2015
Ask a Trooper: W on license plate
Question: Could you explain the significance of the W on license plates? Answer: I believe Minnesota started using "whiskey" or "special registration" plates back in the mid- to late 1990s. I think the first set was a "WX" followed by four numbers that has since cycled through...
March 20, 2015 - 11:56am
January 9, 2015
Ask a trooper: Pull over etiquette
Question: I was wondering what a person should do if we are driving and get stopped by an officer. Do we get out? Stay in or vehicle? With all the enforcement projects officers are working it might be good for you to talk about this. Thanks. Answer: Thanks for asking. First of...
January 9, 2015 - 11:14am