Minnesota State Patrol

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Question: As we are ending the Motorcycle season I heard of an individual near Rochester, MN whom was killed by going off the road and struck a sign head on. He was not wearing a helmet. Being an individual whom has been in a motorcycle accident with the helmet likely saving my life, why are...
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Question: When golf carts are using a pedestrian crosswalk, are vehicles required to yield? This happens in some towns where the roadway separates a golf course. Answer: Unless there is an ordinance or some other special allowance set by local or state officials, golf carts are treated as motor...
Question: The driver’s training manual says to have both hands on the steering wheel.  First it was “two and ten” and now with airbags they say “nine and three.” The question, is it a law that you must have both hands on the wheel? I have never seen that as a law and if so there sure would be a lot...
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Question: Can you please explain the new hands-free cell phone law? Answer: Under the law, you may not hold your phone in your hand and cannot use it at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non-navigation apps,...
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Question: Can someone that had a shoulder replacement and will be in a sling for four more weeks still be legal to drive with one arm? Answer: There are no restrictions placed on a license for this situation, unless a physician notifies Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) of such. If the driver’s (...
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Question: What is the correct following distance? Everyone seems to be way too close behind each other.  Answer: The only law regarding following distance pertains to vehicles pulling trailers. This includes trucks as well as semitractors with trailers. They must maintain a minimum distance of 500...
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...
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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...

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