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Wed
02
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 2, 2017

A whole week without fishing is neither good for the body or the soul. The dermatologist said to stay out of the sun for several days. That took care of fishing and makes me realize I should have been wearing a hat when I was on the golf course playing with the likes of the late Les Nel- son, Russ Baker, David Manuel, Bob James and Ken Falk; and a host of Howard Lake golfers, most of whom are also shooting pars and bogeys in the here-after. Off-hand the only Maple Lake golfer still alive besides me who played regularly in the weekend four-somes is Gene Loch whom I’ve lost track of, but I think he lives in Becker. He was a diligent golfer and put a ton of effort into his game which showed up when it was time to divie up the dimes in our scotch four-some games. . . The respite from the sun gave me a chance to take care of some printing at the Mes- senger, namely St. Tim’s raffle tickets for their fall festival which will be Sunday, Sept. 24th.

Wed
02
Aug

Ask a Trooper August 2, 2017

Question: I noticed a dog that was in a vehicle the other day at a local business parking lot and the occupants were not around. I was wondering what I should have done. With the recent warm weather, I can imagine the temperature inside the car must have been danger- ously high for that dog. Is there a law against this?
Answer: There is a law that a person may not leave a dog or a cat unattended in a stand- ing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the pet’s health or safety. A peace officer, a humane agent, a dog warden, or a volunteer or pro- fessional member of a fire or rescue department may use reasonable force to enter a motor vehicle and remove a dog or cat in this situation.
If you see an unattended pet in a vehicle, report this to law enforcement with a location and vehicle description.
I would advise pet owners to use caution and always look out for your pet’s well-being
and safety. Consider the fol- lowing options:

Wed
26
Jul

Ask a Trooper

Question: When does the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) get involved with crashes?
Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol notifies the NTSB on the following types of crashes.
- School bus injuries or death to student passengers.
- Public or charter bus crashes resulting in death or injury to occupants.
- Railway crossing crashes resulting in two or more deaths, or involving a commercial motor vehicle.
- Heavy truck crashes resulting in two or more deaths.
- Crashes resulting in five or more deaths.
The NTSB will then determine if they are going to send a team to investigate. NTSB investigators employ procedures similar to those utilized by law enforcement. NTSB safety investigations, while concurrent, are also independent of law enforcement investigations.

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Wed
26
Jul

Brute’s Bleat July 26, 2017

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting Service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources. Organized in Buffalo in 2011 this group is hosting a Military Appreciation Picnic and Concert on Aug. 10th at Sturges Park in Buffalo. The picnic will begin with a cookout at 5 p.m., followed by a concert at 7 p.m..
All past and present service members will receive a complimentary meal and there will be a free-will donation accepted for non-military members.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is united to bring Service members ALL THE WAY HOME.
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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.

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