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“Ask a trooper” - Driving with tailgate down on my pickup


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Minnesota State Patrol

Question: I like to drive with my tailgate down on my pickup for better gas mileage. The other day, a friend told me this was illegal. Is that true?

Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute (M.S.S.) 169.43 (b) “No truck shall be driven or parked on any highway with tailgate or tailboard hanging down or projecting from the vehicle except while such vehicle is being loaded or unloaded, and except when a load on the tailboard renders impossible the closing of the tailboard.” So with the information you provided me, I would say that it is illegal, unless you are hauling something that sticks out beyond the pickup box. I believe this becomes what the main issue of this law is: securement and visibility.

Anytime you are hauling or transporting any item, make sure it is secured. Whether it’s tie-down straps, chains, binders, etc. use the applicable device to ensure its securement. Not only can this help from losing your item on the highway and creating a traffic hazard, but in the event of a crash its securement can add to your safety in preventing injury from another projectile. When hauling anything that sticks out beyond, remember this: M.S.S. 169.52, “When the load upon any vehicle extends to the rear four feet or more beyond the bed or body of such vehicle there shall be displayed at the extreme rear end of the load, at the times when lighted lamps on vehicles are required in this chapter, a red light or lantern plainly visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the sides and rear. The light or lantern required under this section shall be in addition to the rear light required upon every vehicle. At any time when no lights are required there shall be displayed at the extreme rear end of such load a red, yellow or orange flag or cloth not less than 16 inches square.”

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, Minn., 55901-5848 or reach him at troy.christianson@state.mn.us.

Fillmore County Police Reports - 10.20.14

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Richard Todd Eiken, 52, Canton, Minn.; 5/23/2014, Driving After Cancellation, Fine $1000 (stay $750 until 10/08/2015), Total Fees $340. Local Confinement: 90 days (stay 90 days for one year). Unsupervised prob ..... 
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“Ask a trooper”

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Chritianson Minnesota State Patrol Question(s)1: I was traveling along a county road, when I came upon a stopped tractor pulling a grain cart and blocking all traffic. It was unloading grain into a parked semi-tractor and trailer al ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 10.13.14

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
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Chatfield Police Department Nickolas Treat Currier, 18, Harmony, Minn.; 8/19/2014, Failure to Display Current Registration – Expired Plates, Total Fees $120. Eric Paul Vander Molen, 25, Edina, Minn.; 7/27/204, Speeding-Exceed Limit of 30 mph ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

On October 6, 2014, Michael Loren Rosolack, 43 of Stewartville, appeared before Judge Matthew J. Opat at the Fillmore County Courthouse. Rosolack was charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, 2nd Degree, Victims between the ages of 36 mon ..... 
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Ask a Trooper: Political signs

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Troy H. Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I’m starting to see political signs pop up all over along the highways. What are the rules with these? Thanks! Answer: Placement of campaign signs in state highway rights-of-way is prohibit ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Payton Rose Bergey, 18, Mabel, Minn.; 8/23/2014, Liquor consumption by person under 21, Total Fees $190. Benjamin Allen Boley, 35, Spring Valley, Minn.; 6/21/2014, Disorderly Conduct-Brawling or Fighting; Fin ..... 
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