Minnesota State Patrol

The new State Patrol canine recently helped Rock County Deputies seize 4.6 pounds of marijuana and 34 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Three suspects from Michigan are now facing felony drug charges after they were arrested Sept. 9 at the Quality Inn on South Highway 75 in Luverne. According to...
Troy Christianson
Question: I have a question about the Minnesota State Patrol Blood Relays. Recently, one was performed from the twin cities to Redwing. Why did it involve three patrol officers? I know this isn’t a great distance and have just been wondering what rules or regulations dictate how this is handled....
King is a 1½-year-old German shorthair pointer who works with Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Austin Christensen, Luverne. King went through 10 weeks of canine training and trained another five weeks with Christensen. He started with the patrol in June.
The newest addition to local law enforcement weighs 40 pounds, speaks Dutch, and loves his job. King is a 1½-year-old German shorthair pointer who works with Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Austin Christensen, Luverne. “When it’s time to work, he can’t wait to get in the squad,” Christensen said. “...
Jordan Shannon, 25, Sioux Falls, was arrested for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
A Sioux Falls man appeared in Rock County District Court Wednesday on felony charges of fleeing a peace officer. According to court documents, South Dakota authorities pursued 25-year-old Jordan Glenn Shannon into Minnesota early Tuesday morning and eventually apprehended him near Rushmore. The...
Troy Christianson
Question: I heard one of my neighbors was pulled over by a State Trooper for driving his combine down the road. The trooper told him he needed a pilot car. Is this true? Answer: Farm equipment may be driven or towed to the left of the center of a roadway only if it is escorted by a vehicle...
With the school year quickly approaching I would like to focus on the safety of our children. Following the guidelines below will help keep children safe around school buses. School bus safety tips for motorists: Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus displaying red flashing lights...
Emergency personnel respond to a rollover accident Monday afternoon about a half mile north of Luverne on Highway 75. Roads were ice- and snow-packed at the time of the incident. Driver Jeffery Buckley and passenger Cindy Buckley, both of Luverne, were not injured.
The Minnesota State Patrol recorded 121 traffic incidents from snow-packed and icy road conditions in its Marshall district during the past week. From Jan. 18 through 25, there were 38 property damage crashes, 10 injury crashes and 73 vehicles reported off the road, according to the Troy...
Troy Christianson
Question:  I encountered a funeral procession along a two-lane highway (no roads entering this section of highway) and the lead funeral home vehicle had a light bar on the dash flashing an alternating red and blue light. Everyone on the highway going opposite the procession pulled over to the...
An unmarked 2015 Ford Taurus in the Marshall District has been assigned to State Trooper Kenny Willers who works primarily in Rock and Nobles counties.
The Minnesota State Patrol this week unveiled its new fleet of unmarked squad cars that will assist in targeting distracted driving. In a media event in Golden Valley Monday, Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol shared information about the squads and their mission. He said in 2014,...
Question: I read an article about gas-powered bicycles/mopeds and I have some questions of my own. What is needed in addition when one has a permit or driver’s license? Answer: These rules apply to required equipment and gear for moped riders: •A moped must meet the same lighting requirements as a...
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