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Infectious diseases: isolation vs. quarantine

The outbreak of the coronavirus in China, recently declared a world health emergency, has many people concerned about how to contain it, and the larger issue of when and how the Government can restrict travel or activities of its citizens in the...

 

When should you stop for school buses?

Question: This winter has provided snowbanks — barriers in town, eliminating the turn lane, between our east and west bound lanes.  If a school bus is stopped and the stop arm is extended, does the opposing traffic have to stop? Answer:...

 

February Groundhog Day and race

Pity the poor groundhog (woodchuck) that is supposedly dragged out of his comfortable, warm burrow to let us humans fantasize about how much longer we will be in winter’s grasp. If he sees his...

 

Should you call 911 for someone texting and driving?

Question: My question is, if I see someone texting and they are driving in an unsafe manner (crossing in and out of their lane or going onto shoulder) should I call 911? Answer: Absolutely call 911 if you see any unsafe driving conduct that could res...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    January 30, 2020

The future of recycling and doing our part

Two years ago, about this time, some serious waves crashed in our recycling circles leaving many frantic: China would no longer accept our reclaimed materials, plastics notably. In fact, they...

 

Is propping your feet on the dash illegal?

Question: I often see front seat passengers in vehicles with their feet on the dash. Is there a law that prohibits this? I can’t help to wonder what would happen in the event that the air bags deploy. Answer: There is no law that prohibits a...

 

It's time to salvage those New Year's resolutions

No, those New Year’s resolutions you made weren’t a bad idea. The fact that you haven’t been successful in reaching those goals may seem a problem, but the reality is that it’s also a very fixable problem. The middle of January is about when...

 

Driver's license, REAL ID, and enhanced DL

Question: Do I need to obtain the new Real ID and Driver’s License when my license expires? Answer: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) began issuing REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID...

 

San Diego unplugged

The aptly named Wiktionary offers this quote from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” I am leaving my amateur status in...

 

Ice vs. salt

As I reach for the salt shaker, I can hear my mom’s voice warning me not to put too much on my food. She was a nutritionist and knew that we all get more than enough sodium in today’s...

 

Understanding restraining orders

When a person feels threatened or harassed, they have the option of seeking a court order to keep the other person away from them. While the public tends to call all of these documents “restraining orders,” there are several different types of th...

 

Watch for the lights: vehicle accidents

Question: I was driving on I-35 on a winter night when I saw emergency lights flashing ahead. I moved over and slowed down but when I approached the accident scene I found I was in the lane of the accident. From a distance I could not decipher what...

 

Using love to help a sick child feel better

Ah, ‘tis the season for many households to find themselves with one or more children suffering from a cold or the flu. Damp, chilly weather and all that contact with other sniffling children at school almost guarantees that winter illness will stri...

 

Auxiliary headlamps on a truck with a plow blade

Question: I have a questions regarding the auxiliary headlights on a truck with a plow. Are they a requirement? I purchased a plow for my truck recently and the lights that came with are not nearly as bright as the stock lights on my truck. My stock...

 

How to overcome a lack of motivation

Lack of motivation can affect anyone in any aspect of their lives. Days at the office when motivation is difficult to muster can adversely affect productivity, while lack of motivation at home can have a negative impact on individuals and their...

 

Can a person get a ticket for driving too slow?

Question: Can a person get a ticket for driving too slow? Answer: Yes they can. Minnesota State Statute says that no person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except...

 

What it takes to hold power accountable

Good government depends on a system of checks and balances. Those who govern and those who administer the government know they are answerable to the citizenry of the community. Citizens hold government accountable through the information they are...

 

Following too closely and the 3-second-plus rule

Question: What is the legal following distance? What can I do when someone is following too close behind me? Isn’t there a rule of so many vehicle lengths for miles per hour to use as a guide? Answer: The only law regarding following distance...

 

Ice is here: choose your salt carefully

Well, I guess we’ll jump right into the February season with all this snow dumped on us. Talk about dramatic weather sweeping through. Hopefully everyone’s snowblowers were ready to tackle the...

 

What to do in the event of a vehicle accident

Question: What should a person do if they are involved in a crash? Answer: The State Patrol alone has handled over 41,000 so far this year, so it’s important to know what to do immediately after one happens. Each crash is different and the person...

 

How our perspective on snow changes

Snowbound. Invalid. Those are two words that came to mind this morning as I looked out the window from bed at the dollops of snow covering the branches of the red pines. It was a beautiful scene, but...

 

Preparing teens for getting behind the wheel

Question: I have a 15 year old son and we just signed him up for driver’s training and I was told that a State Trooper provides a presentation for the parents and new drivers. Can you explain what this presentation consists of and is this...

 

The great winter battle: salt v. ice

Brrrrr…. We are jumping right into early winter I guess. Forget the rest of fall and let’s welcome the gusty artic chill right on in. If you were lagging behind on your prep for the season change,...

 

Talking holiday stress management with U of M

For many, the winter holiday season - filled with gift-buying, travel and entertaining - is the most stressful time of year. Mary Jo Kreitzer with the University of Minnesota talks about why the...

 

Safe winter driving tips

Question: Can you provide some winter driving safety tips? Answer: Driving on the highway during the winter months requires more attention than ever. While summer months are the deadliest on Minnesota roads, wintertime leads to the most crashes and...

 

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