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Question: What should a person do if they are involved in a crash? Answer: If it is a property damage crash without injuries, you should move your vehicle away from traffic if possible and get to a safe location before exiting or exchanging information with the other driver involved. This may...
This summer Luverne will host the party of the century when we celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary. This is the sort of occasion that comes around only every so often (every 150 years, actually) so it would be a great idea to put our best foot forward. We have a lot happening here in terms of...
Tuesday, April 4, is National Service Recognition Day. The fifth-annual event highlights the importance of citizen engagement and recognizes the dedication of the National Service Senior Companion Program, Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Corps RSVP volunteers. In Rock County there are 445...
Question: Are the blue or Xenon headlamps legal in Minnesota? Answer: Xenon or (HID) high-intensity discharge headlights are legal if they comply with the same Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements as halogen and incandescent headlamps. Minnesota Statutes Chapter 169.468 requires the...
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...

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