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Law Enforcement Blotter: Wednesday, September 20
UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal motorcycle crash on I-94
Gravel pit ‘would ruin this little town’ neighbors say
Mediation to begin today over veto by Gov. Dayton
Murder charges reinstated in 2013 stabbing
Sports schedule for Thursday, Sept. 21
Cross country: Chargers see progress in Melrose
Cross Country: WCA sets records and takes first in Melrose
Tennis: Lakers sweep Melrose, 7-0
Volleyball: Knights surrender to Frazee in three sets
Country Blossom Farm holds baking, eating contests
Community Education classes available
Events promote talking about suicide
Ecumen gives look at daytime senior care
New musicians invited to Open Mic Night
Don & Betty Kuelbs
Gary & Molly Buse
Gary & Molly Buse
DNR release: Optimistic about Saturday's duck opener
Posted, but done properly? Rules, prosecuting case can be complicated
Mike Frisch: Cover more water
A whirlwind of a win: Alexandria anglers take big payday in first pro tournament
DNR roadside survey: Pheasant index down 26 percent
Lorraine K. Porter
Richard A. King
Harold M. Olson
Letter: Confederate statues promote division
Letter: No right way to protest
Echo Press Editorial: A wake-up call about drunk driving
In the Know: Armor - an unfortunate necessity
Observations from the Archives: 1992: Minnesotans pitch in after Hurricane Andrew hits
Dairy council seeks candidates
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
On The Street
Feds allow more time for comment on Internet access
Alexandria ReStore remains open, plans expansion
Glenwood resort receives Century Resort designation
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
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August 20, 2013
Can you get arrested after smoking marijuana and driving?
Editor's note: The following is an "Ask a Trooper" column provided by Sergeant Jesse Grabow. Question: What are the real facts on marijuana, and can you be arrested for driving after smoking it? How bad is it really? I know some people want to legalize it to tax it and for medicinal...
August 20, 2013 - 3:26pm
August 13, 2013
Is it legal to drive barefoot?
Editor's note: The following is an "Ask a Trooper" column provided by Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol. Question: Since it is summer time and I'm spending a lot of time at the beach with the kids I often jump in my car to go home and don't put my sandals back...
August 13, 2013 - 10:54am
August 5, 2013
Ask a Trooper: Can truck drivers use 911 to report crimes?
Editor's note: The following is an "Ask a Trooper" column from Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol. Question: First let me thank you for the service that you provide. We also appreciate the column in the newspaper that answers questions for citizens. My question...
August 5, 2013 - 12:39pm
July 29, 2013
What does it take to 'earn' a 'whiskey' license plate?
Editor's note: The following is an "Ask a Trooper" column written by Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol. Question: I am wondering about the "W" (whiskey) plates we see in Minnesota. What does it take to "earn" one? How long are they to be used? What are the...
July 29, 2013 - 9:02am
September 12, 2012
Ask a trooper: Warnings issued over large vans
Question: I've heard some information about the dangers of a 15-passenger van. I was surprised at some of the information and I believe it is very valuable, so can you please write about it? Some of these vehicles are still being driven. Answer: Yes, even the National Highway Traffic...
September 12, 2012 - 12:00am
September 5, 2012
Ask a Trooper - Can you make your coffee while driving to work each morning?
Question: Recently I saw an advertisement of a foreign car promoting that their vehicle is equipped with a coffee maker. With all the focus on distracted driving, what are your thoughts on this? Answer: I did some homework and found the automobile you are speaking of. After doing...
September 5, 2012 - 12:00am
August 29, 2012
Ask a Trooper - When to signal a turn
Question: How far ahead of time are you required to signal a turn and is there a time when drivers can legally turn left on a red light after stopping (like they do on right turns)? Answer: For the first question, Minnesota law requires you to signal at least 100 feet before a turn....
August 29, 2012 - 12:00am
August 24, 2012
Ask a Trooper - Where can campaign signs go?
Question: I've noticed some campaign signs alongside the road and very close to intersections. Is this legal? Answer: Placement of campaign signs and other unauthorized objects in state highway rights of way is prohibited under Minnesota State Statute 160.27. In addition, campaign...
August 24, 2012 - 12:00am
August 22, 2012
Ask a Trooper - What do troopers do about misaligned headlights?
Question: Why does the car with the headlight out get pulled over and is given a fix-it ticket and cars with misaligned headlights (that shine right in your face and almost blind you)are not told correct that with a fix-it ticket? Personally, I would rather meet a one headlight car...
August 22, 2012 - 12:00am
August 17, 2012
Ask a Trooper - Catalytic converters should not be removed
Question: What are the penalties in Minnesota for removing a catalytic converter on a vehicle if the sound level of the car is kept reasonable? Is there a specific law that prohibits the removal of the cat or are they more pertaining to the sound level that is produced form the process?...
August 17, 2012 - 12:00am
July 27, 2012
Ask a Trooper - How to legally transport fireams
Question: What is the recommended legal way to transport my 9mm handgun in my car as I drive from my home to my lake cabin? Should I have the ammunition clip locked in a separate container from the gun itself? What about the bullets? Answer: I can tell you what the law says and you...
July 27, 2012 - 12:00am
June 22, 2012
Ask a Trooper - Know the laws before customizing your vehicle
Question: I'd like to put some lights on the running boards of my pickup. Are there any laws on this? Answer: Yes, there is a law in reference to this. According to Minnesota State Statute (M.S.S.) 169.59 Subd. 2, "Any vehicle may be equipped with not more than one running board...
June 22, 2012 - 12:00am
June 1, 2012
Ask a Trooper - Canines are part of state patrol
Question: Does the State Patrol have dog handler units? If so, please tell me all about them as I am very interested. Answer: As a matter of fact, we do. I contacted Sgt. Robert Frisby, the canine coordinator in our Investigative Services section, and according to him, we have a...
June 1, 2012 - 12:00am
May 25, 2012
Ask a Trooper - Is it legal to ride a bike on sidewalks?
Question: I really enjoy your articles and read them every week. I am 13 years old and like riding my bike around town. I like to be safe so I wear a helmet and try to be very careful. I am wondering if it is legal to ride a bike on the sidewalks in town or should I try to stay on...
May 25, 2012 - 12:00am
March 24, 2012
Ask a Trooper - Is it illegal to drive with tailgate down?
Editor's note: The following is an "Ask a Trooper" column by Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol: 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.
March 24, 2012 - 11:59am