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Question: Can you talk about the open bottle law in Minnesota? Can a person have an alcoholic beverage while operating a boat on a lake? How about if you are a passenger in the back of a motor home? Answer: It is against the law for any person to consume alcohol in any vehicle while on a public...
Question: We came upon a line of three cars all going 50 MPH.  There was a long stretch of open road for several miles so I passed all three without returning to my lane.  My friend questioned the legality. Is it legal to pass more than one vehicle at a time? Answer: You can pass more than one...
Rep. Schomacker helps approve Real Id legislation  The Minnesota House of Representatives has approved legislation that would allow the implementation of REAL ID. Without it, Minnesota driver’s licenses can no longer be used to board airplanes beginning January 2018. State Representative Joe...
Dear editor: I want to applaud Senator Bill Weber for introducing a bill at the capitol to fund the Minnesota Good Food Access Program, which was created last year to increase opportunities for Minnesotans to buy healthy and affordable foods in locations that currently lack access to such foods....
Question: Why do officers assume someone was speeding when a driver hits ice and loses control? That can happen to the most experienced drivers. Using 169.14.1 to give a person a ticket because he hit some ice and went off the side of the highway seems like that officer has very little compassion....
Community members and local leaders gathered at the Historic Palace Theatre Monday night for the annual meeting of LIFT (Luverne Initiatives For Tomorrow). It was an important meeting to review recent progress in the area and to hear about future challenges — good and bad. (See the related news...
To the Editor: It is refreshing to see that the Grand Old Party (GOP) is making Minnesota’s First Congressional District a race worthy of backing, with the goal of replacing incumbent Democrat Tim Walz in 2018. In his more than 10 years in Congress, the voters in the First Congressional District...
Let’s show our support for FFA by wearing blue     On Friday let’s blanket Rock County in blue as we celebrate National FFA Week with our local high school chapters. Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. This week, more than 649,000 FFA members...
Question: My husband was driving while I was a passenger and an elderly man driving ran a stop sign and cut in front of us. My husband honked his horn to alert the driver prior to him attempting to come into our lane.  However, he did not appear to hear us. Fortunately, we were able to avoid being...
To the Editor: Reading Mr. Pick’s letter reminded me to look on the other side of things. I agree that 1,700 firms should pay taxes. However, it was 536 politicians in D.C. that passed laws that made it possible for them to avoid paying taxes. Also, is it possible that a man who has been married...

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