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Wed
19
Jul

Ask a Trooper

Question: Can a person drive a semi barefoot?
Answer: Yes, a person can drive a passenger vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle barefoot. I am asked this question fairly often. I have seen some footwear that could actually make it difficult for drivers to safely operate a vehicle gas/brake/clutch pedal.
When operating a motorcycle or moped, prudent footwear would be the smartest and safest option.

Wed
19
Jul

Brute's Bleat July 19, 2017

We, Mike Muller, George Palmer and myself, picked the coolest day of the week to fish Maple Lake for sunfish, last Thursday, when we each needed a jacket to keep warm in the morning. The wind was blowing out of the northwest straight from Canada. We caught a lot of sunfish, but finding keepers was a definite problem whether we fished 7 feet down or 17. Muller told us about his recent trip to Florida where he went fishing on Lake Okeechobee one day with his buddy and guide, Jesse. He said they had a malfunction in the boat’s livewell plumbing and the boat filled with enough water to sink it. Nobody got wet, but they needed assistance from the local fire and rescue troops down there. Not the kind of experience he wanted, but he appreciated the response from the rescue people. . . Kip Blizil showed me limits of walleyes he and Dale Decker and their spouses caught in North Dakota’s Devils Lake a few weeks ago.

Wed
12
Jul

Ask a Trooper

Question: Can you be cited for illegal window tint if you recently purchased the vehicle through a dealer? Can the auto dealer be charged with the violation?
Answer: Citations can be issued to you and the dealer that sold you the vehicle with the illegal window tint.
The law says that a new motor vehicle dealer, used motor vehicle dealer, or motor vehicle lessor may not sell or lease a motor vehicle at retail for registration in Minnesota that does not meet the glazing material requirements.

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Wed
12
Jul

Brute's Bleat July 12, 2017

Fishing has kind of taken a back seat since the 4th of July, but I did get out to Ramsey Lake late one afternoon in hopes of finding some hungry sunfish. I did, but they weren’t the take-home variety so I released the three I had in favor of trolling for the remainder of the evening. I was using a nightcrawler and a brass spinner hoping I would come across a walleye. I may have, but I wasn’t patient enough and the fish stripped the worm off of both hooks. I continued the hunt and felt something grab the bait again. This time it was a Northern which took the line out three times before I got a glimpse of it. Ill prepared, I didn’t bring a landing net along, I tried to tire the fish out with hopes of grabbing it by the tail. He was roughly five pounds and seemed exhausted when I must have given him a little slack. The Northern promptly spit out the hooks and adding insult to injury, gave my aluminum boat a hefty slap with its tail as if to scold me for even trying.

Thu
06
Jul

Ask a Trooper

Question: I have a 1929 Ford “Model A” sedan. My question is, I have fenders on rear of the car but not on the front and I can't find any laws on it. Any help in the law or statute of this would help and I do have collector plates on it if that makes a difference.
Answer: Every vehicle is required to have fenders. The law does not specify only rear fenders, but that the fenders must protect against things being thrown up and to the rear.
There are exceptions to the law. When it comes to any pioneer, classic, collector vehicle, collector military vehicle, or street rod, it shall have all equipment, in operating condition, which was specifically required by law as a condition for its first sale after manufacture.

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Thu
06
Jul

Brute's Bleat July 6, 2017

Fishing in the company of George Palmer and Gene Wadman Thursday morning was not a sure thing after the storms the night before, but it turned out fairly well. It took us awhile to find some hungry sunfish on Maple Lake, but when we did they bit well for several hours. It was sorting as usual to find something respectable to put in the livewell, but we had 30 keepers when we decided to call it quits at 1 p.m. Pieces of leeches seemed to be the bait of choice for George and myself while Gene did well with some angle worms he had dug. Palmer also used some of Berkley’s Power Bait (minnows) which were effective; I used some minnow heads with limited success. We did not find the sunnies in spots we fishing in previous years, but it is always nice to find a new hole that is productive. Maple Lake’s water remains quite clear despite the recent rains and it was exciting to tie into something near a half pound and being able to watch it make circles trying to escape.

Wed
28
Jun

America's Common Purpose

Grilling hot dogs and corn on the cob, marching in parades, staying up late to watch fireworks light up the night sky – the Fourth of July always reminds us how united we are. We are united in independence. We are united in freedom. We are united in patriotism, our unwavering love of this nation and the people in it.
That’s something to celebrate, even if sometimes it’s easy to forget – with all the partisanship and division we see in this nation we love.
Our founders faced divisions in 1776 – different colonies, different backgrounds, different religions, even different visions for our democracy. But despite those differences, 241 years ago, they came together, signed a Declaration, and changed the course of history.

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Wed
28
Jun

The Retiree

I'm thinking of something funny for a column. Let's see . . .
Wife had an operation. That wasn't funny, but I'm sure something was funny. How about the robot that was used to do the hip replacement? Robots must be funny. Cartoonists draw funny robots. Hers, though, was so specialized that it didn't look like a robot, but more like an electric pencil sharpener, judging by the picture I saw.
How about the weather. This is Minnesota, and we always have funny weather. It's usually funny-peculiar, not funny-haha, and oboy has it ever been peculiar. I was told it will be over two weeks before we get someone to clean up the mess from seven trees that came down, unless the eighth one falls on our house, like the one that fell on Neighbor's house. He won't be laughing for months.

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Wed
28
Jun

Ask a Trooper

Question: I was told that the speeding fine in a construction zone had gone up recently. Could you also explain the Zipper Merge for merging into construction zones in Minnesota?
Answer: With a recent area work zone crash that left two people injured, this is a great time to talk about work zone safety.
During the spring and summer months, construction season is in full swing in Minnesota and motorists risk their lives and the lives of others by not slowing down and paying attention.
• In the past five years (2011 – 2015), 39 people have died and more than 3,700 people injured in work zone traffic crashes.
• In 2015, 10 people died in work zone traffic crashes, the most since 2010 (12).
Safety Tips:
• When driving in a construction zone, slow down. Work zone fines for speeding are more than $300.

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Wed
28
Jun

Brute's Bleat June 28, 2017

Tracks often tell a story and for Laverne Anderson, who lives north of South Haven, the tracks were from a black bear that made its presence known at his residence last week. At first he thought a raccoon had knocked over a bird feeder, but when he came across the tracks he decided a bear was the culprit. The bird feeder was too substantial to be damaged by a small animal like a raccoon, he commented. So if there’s a moral to that story, it is to be aware and to keep an eye out for a black bear on the move!
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