Luverne’s Tyler Arends and his family were among hundreds of Rock County drivers affected by DVS closures. He turned 16 on June 22, and he and his mom, Kim, traveled to Willmar for his behind-the-wheel test.

Efficient for whom?

More than 100 local student drivers were licensed in the past year, and they all had to travel outside the county for their written and behind the wheel exams.

That’s because the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) closed all 93 testing stations around the state in March 2020 during the pandemic.


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