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Songs for the season
Osakis celebrates Christmas Downtown
House in Evansville catches fire
Search for missing teen leads to three arrests in Alexandria
Light Up the Night!
Boys basketball: Cards falter late in loss to section power Detroit Lakes
Sports roundup from Saturday, December 20
Sports roundup from Friday, December 19
Sports roundup from Thursday, December 18
Pushing for a new identity
Extra warmth for the holidays
Music video shoot reset for Monday
Veterans associations assist food shelf
You're invited to Christmas dinner
A gift of love
Engaged - Owen and Krause
Births - Douglas County Hospital through December 15, 2014
Births - Douglas County Hospital through November 30, 2014
Engaged - Pachan and Konzen
Engaged - Boyle and Sartore
Controlling the common carp
Pheasant summit: Habitat improvements needed on private land
Pheasant summit: Focus on improving private land habitat
Spring turkey hunting applications being accepted
Recipe for success: A look a few favorite venison recipes
Mayme Hokanson, 96
Memorial Service - Carl Kremer, 67
Melvin Paradis, 75
Reanie Mrnak, 87
Donald Huwe, 82
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
It's Our Turn: Holiday birthday myths debunked
Letter: Turn technology off for child’s development
Letter: The value of a quarter has risen
Letter: No one else can do it for you
Grant money available for agriculture teachers
Photo contest features birds for all seasons
More wildlife habitat approved
Last minute gifts for the constant gardener
Greater protection for specialty crop growers
Marine Corps League collects "Toys for Kids"
Solar Skies to close in Alexandria
Just a Jaunt’s $500 passport winner announced
Slumberland helps families during holidays
New building will house plumbing company
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
ask a trooper
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?...
news / region / state
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
February 4, 2011
Can drivers use shoulder to accelerate?
Question: Is it legal when coming off a side road onto a highway to use the shoulder as an accelerating lane to pick up speed before merging with highway traffic? Answer: No. There are some designated lanes for that, but they are not shoulders. They are "special use" lanes and will...
February 4, 2011 - 12:00am
December 30, 2010
ASK A TROOPER: What is State Patrol's aviation program all about?
ASK A TROOPER by Trooper Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: Can you please write about the State Patrol aircraft, pilots, and what your program for aviation is all about? I find that very interesting. Thanks! Answer: According to our current Chief Pilot,...
December 30, 2010 - 8:27am
December 11, 2010
'Trooper Andy' says goodbye
For more than a decade now, "Trooper Andy" Schmidt has been the voice of the Minnesota State Patrol in this part of the state. In his role as public information officer for the State Patrol, Schmidt has appeared on radio talk shows throughout the area, written the "Ask A Trooper"...
crime / state
December 11, 2010 - 8:14am
May 29, 2009
Ask a Trooper: How are circular intersections driven"
Question: On a recent trip we came across an intersection that was circular in design. I was not sure of what I was supposed to do but I did manage to get through it. Can you tell my why it was built like that? They appear to me to be more troublesome than regular intersections and...
news / state
May 29, 2009 - 12:00am