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Former Mrs. Minnesota International shares message at Domestic Abuse Awareness Luncheon
Pilot survives with minor injuries after plane crashes near Willmar, Minn.
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Law Enforcement Blotter: Wednesday, October 18
Douglas County exploring system to speed up voting
Alex swimming: Youth movement taking shape
Morken: Breaking down the area section football fields
Football: Lakers ready for playoffs after taking care of Benson
Football scores from Wednesday, Oct. 18
Football: Osakis ends regular season on five game losing streak
Homeless advocates praise movie opening Friday in Alexandria
Kensington museum holds open house
Pageant seeking Miss Teen Douglas County
'Voices from the Hillside' returns to Evansville
Ventriloquist brings act to humane society fundraiser
Jerome & Irene Hagen
Gene & Mary
Pheasant opener: Better than numbers might indicate
Region 9 hosts snowmobilers fall workshop
Jackson's first hunt success
Jennie Lake re-established as a waterfowl refuge
Morken: Trying to master scent control
Neva B. Andrews
Evangeline G. Ekdahl
Annabelle Kretschmar (Pikal)
LETTER: Don't blame ER for mental illness care
LETTER: City plans for next five to 50 years
LETTER: Look inward and listen in discussing racism
1967: Four rolls of toilet paper cost 39 cents
EDITORIAL: Is First Amendment disgusting?
Going far with 4-H horses
4-H dogs and young handlers take home awards
Putting your garden to bed
Palmer amaranth crops up in Todd County
Farmer deadlines approaching
New Bethany owners envision upgrades
Small change adds up for youth groups
On The Street
Three Bello Cucina locations for sale, including Alexandria
Professional women to honor employers, Woman of the Year
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July 22, 2016
Ask a Trooper: When should drivers stop for bicyclists?
Question: When I come to a stop sign on my bike and the crossing traffic does not have the same, many drivers will stop and attempt to wave me across. I will wave the polite crossing driver to move along. My thought is I’m riding in a lane of traffic and want to be treated the same...
July 22, 2016 - 12:00am
Trooper wraps up case of the injured eagle
A Minnesota State Patrol trooper used his coat to cover and carry away a bald eagle that he found injured Sunday at Interstate 494 and Pilot...
March 22, 2016 - 9:32am
January 20, 2016
Ask a Trooper: What is the history of the trooper hat?
Question: I’ve noticed that troopers in some photos from way back are wearing a different style hat than the Smokey Bear style your organization wears now. When did that change occur? Answer: Good observation. The original style hat that Minnesota troopers started wearing in 1929,...
January 20, 2016 - 12:00am
October 16, 2015
State trooper Grabow returns to work
Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow returned to his role as Public Information Officer (PIO) on October 11. Grabow was removed from his PIO duties on June 24 during an internal investigation into a driving complaint involving excessive speed. Grabow was pulled over...
October 16, 2015 - 12:00am
December 17, 2013
Trooper hit by driver while responding to crash
By Forum News Service MELROSE, Minn. – A Minnesota state trooper is headed to the hospital after his squad car was hit by a driver while...
December 17, 2013 - 4:48pm
August 28, 2013
Ask a Trooper: Can police officers patrol outside their jurisdictions
Question: I see a lot of city police officers out of their jurisdictions. Are they allowed to patrol outside the city and stop vehicles? Answer: Being that I am not familiar with which municipal police department you are referring and their policy and procedures, I will explain this...
August 28, 2013 - 8:58am
August 21, 2013
Ask a trooper: What are the E's in traffic safety?
Question: I keep hearing you talking about four "E's" when it comes to traffic safety issues, and I have even heard you talk about a fifth "E." What are they? Answer: The Four E's are critical components to traffic safety: education, enforcement, EMS and engineering.
August 21, 2013 - 12:00am
July 6, 2013
State Patrol tries to fill more than 40 positions
There is more than one road to becoming a Minnesota State Patrol trooper, including a route that requires no prior law enforcement experience or education. The State Patrol is accepting applications to fill more than 40 trooper positions, July 1-12. Interested candidates may apply...
July 6, 2013 - 12:44pm
January 9, 2013
Ask a trooper: avoiding a head-on collision
Question: I am wondering what the best procedure is when you find an on-coming car coming right for you. If you steer to the left and have a passenger, you are probably putting them at great risk. If you steer right, you're probably the goner. Is it best to just slam on the brakes...
January 9, 2013 - 12:00am
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