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Ask a Trooper - 4.27.15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: What is the law with small farm trailers being exempt from registration? I heard something about a 10,000-pound limit when being pulled by a regular motor vehicle (not a farm tractor), but I want to know the facts. A neighbor-friend of mine got ticketed for no Minnesota registration for hauling a lot less weight than that on his farm trailer being pulled with a pickup truck, but he thought he was exempt. He was helping me haul some large, old household items to the dump with it, so I kind of feel partially responsible. Thanks for whatever information you can provide.

Answer: Many types of trailers are exempt from registration, but I am sure that what you are referring to is found in M.S.S. 168.012, Subdivision 2a: “Farm trailers with a gross weight of less than 10,000 pounds, drawn by a passenger automobile or farm truck and used exclusively for transporting agricultural products from farm to farm and to and from the usual marketplace of the owner, shall not be taxed as motor vehicles using the public streets and highways and shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.”

The reason your neighbor was cited for not having registration is because of the part of the law that says: “...and used exclusively for transporting agricultural products from farm to farm and to and from the usual marketplace of the owner....” Because he was hauling something other than that, he was no longer exempt and had to comply with normal trailer requirements, including registration. The officer probably mentioned this to your friend, who also could have possibly received other violation charges related to the trailer as well.

I hope this information clears it up for you. If anyone is getting cited by an officer for something and you don’t understand something about the violation, just ask the officer to clarify the situation for you. A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.

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

Fillmore County police report - 4.27.15

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Joseph Neal Francis Didier, 41, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; 9/10/2005, Disorderly Conduct – Brawling or Fighting, Fine $1,000 (stay $750 until 4/8/2016), Total Fees $1,000. Local Confinement – 90 days (stay 90 days ..... 
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Fillmore County police report - 4.20.15

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
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Chatfield Police Department Lisa Katherine Brasher, 41, Chatfield, Minn.; 2/5/2015, Impersonating an Officer, Fine $1,000 (stay $950 until 3/30/2016), Total Fees $140. Local Confinement – 90 days (stay 90 days for one year). Unsupervised probat ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 4.20.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: There are way too many other drivers on their cell phones calling or texting.  Why don’t you enforce these laws?  We never hear about it. Answer: I agree that there are too many drivers that are distracted while driving. We are doin ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 4.13.15

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
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Chatfield Police Department Joshua Matthew Jacobson, 33, Chatfield, Minn.; 3/21/2015, DWI - Operate Motor Vehicle - Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within 2 Hours, Fine $1,000 (stay $690 until 3/25/2016), Total Fees $425. Local Confinement 90 days (sta ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 4.13.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: What does the reduce speed sign that says “when children are present” mean? When children are present where, in school, outside the school, outside the fence?  Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 169.14 (5a): “Such school ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 4.6.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
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Question: Could you explain the significance of the W on license plates?  Answer: I believe Minnesota started using “whiskey” or “special registration” plates back in the mid- to late 1990’s. They are commonly called “whiskey” pla ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 4.6.15

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
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Chatfield Police Department Jeffrey Albert Dittfach, 35, Lake City, Minn.; 12/11/2014, DWI – Operate Motor Vehicle – Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within Two Hours, Fine $1,000 (stay $700 until 3/15/2016), Total Fees $415. Local Confinement – 9 ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 3.30.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
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Question: I bought a used vehicle and noticed that the horn does not work. Is a person required to have a horn? Answer: Yes, you are required to have a working horn in the State of Minnesota.According to Minnesota State Statute, “Every motor ..... 
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