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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...

 

Child custody

One of the most difficult decisions a judge has to make is primary custody of a child. The consequences of those decisions are extremely serious, and the emotions are often running very high. To complicate matters, often the parties are representing...

 

Are dash cams legal?

Question: I see a lot of dash camera footage on YouTube and online altogether. This got me thinking are dash cams legal? Answer: Great question as we see so many videos posted online. Minnesota law allows for driver feedback and safety monitoring...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    November 7, 2019

Don't lead the leaves to water

The leaves have taken a toll with all the wind and rain lately. In turn, the crinkly debris is riddled all over and the decision to collect or ignore is beginning to be internally debated. Whatever...

 

Let's talk about trees

The gardening season is over. The perennials have been cut back, and the pots put away. In the vegetable gardens, potatoes have been dug, carrots pulled up, and squash vines added to the compost...

 

Ask a Trooper

Question: In light of the fact that most drivers exceed the posted speed limit, especially on interstate freeways, will I get a citation for obstructing traffic if I drive the speed limit?  This is especially a concern in and around the Twin Cities...

 

National Novel Writing Month

It’s that time of year once again when I send out a group e-mail to my family that basically says, “If I don’t respond to your texts or messages, I’m not dead. I’m just writing. Please...

 

Ask a Trooper

Question: I’ve noticed that school busses all have the words “School Bus” written at the top of the windshield on the front of the vehicle. Similarly, when the bus is used for a different purpose other than school, the words are scraped off or...

 

Making the climb

This past weekend I was both pit crew and runner during the Wild Duluth races. It always amazing me what people can do when they put their mind to it. That was evident once again as I watched runners...

 

Carp

I just can’t ever remember calling him Barry. It was either Carp or just Bare. More importantly, I can’t ever remember seeing him without his open mouth casting a mile-wide grin. And that is the...

 

Ask a Trooper

Question: Minnesota just recently enacted a hands-free while driving law, but many states do not have such a law. How is this enforced when people from out of state are traveling on our Interstate highways? I have not seen any signs go up stating...

 

The five primary theories of punishment

Recently, I attended a lecture by a doctor of philosophy, who had some strong criticisms of the criminal justice system and how it handles punishment. It was certainly thought provoking. For many judges, we are so caught up in the day-to-day...

 

Ask a Trooper

Question: I have a rather random, but seasonally appropriate question: with harvest season upon us and with slow moving farm vehicles/implements on roadways, is it permissible to pass a slow-moving farm implement on Minnesota highways in a...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    October 10, 2019

Fall cleanup time

The leaves are rapidly changing colors and falling just as fast. With that comes the sign of the season to start fall cleanup, the sometimes behemoth task of raking up piles of leaves, giving the...

 

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