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Ask a Trooper - 6.27.16


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Minnesota State Patrol

Question: My husband and I are arguing about the proper way to stop at a stop sign. He insists if you are 20 feet away from the sign and stop, because a car in front of you may have stopped and then pulled half way out into the intersection and stopped again, your stop 20 feet back constitutes a legal stop and you do not need to stop again before proceeding into the intersection. Can you put it in writing for me? Or better yet, cite the statute? I’ve bounced around the statute site all evening and not found anything that specifically addresses this. Thanks.

Answer: Minnesota State Statute 169.30 states: “Every driver of a vehicle shall stop at a stop sign or at a clearly marked stop line before entering the intersection, except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic-control signal.”

At a stop sign with a marked stop line, you must stop before the line. If there is a pedestrian crosswalk you must stop before entering the crosswalk. If the vehicle in front of you comes to a stop in the improper place, you are still required to come to a stop in the proper position and proceed only when it is safe, and when you have the right of way.

All stop signs require that you come to a complete stop; you must also come to a complete stop in the following situations:

• Before entering a road from an alley, a private driveway, a parking lot, or a parking ramp.

• Before crossing an adjoining sidewalk or crosswalk.

• At an intersection or crosswalk with a traffic signal displaying a red light you must stop until the signal changes to green and your path is clear before proceeding.

• Treat a flashing red traffic light as you would a stop sign.

• At a freeway ramp meter you must stop when the light is red.

• At a railroad crossing with a stop sign you must come to a complete stop. At railroad crossings without a stop sign, proceed with caution before crossing, making sure there is not a train approaching.

• When a flag person or traffic device directs you to stop.

• At a bridge that has been raised to open a path for boats to pass beneath it.

After you have come to a complete stop, you must yield to the right-of-way to pedestrians, bicyclists and traffic before proceeding. If your view of the i .....
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Preston man flees after theft and stealing pickup

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Police Reports

By Sheriff Tom Kasse On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at approximately 10:40 p.m., an individual arrived at the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office to report a theft in the City of Preston. Preston PD officers made arrangements for the suspect to return ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 6/20/16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: Isn’t there a state law that requires trucks hauling loose loads, such as gravel and granite pieces, to have their loads covered?  I have lived at my current address for 40 years an ..... 
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Missing tubers found with stolen vehicle

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Police Reports

By Sheriff Tom Kaase On Saturday evening, June 11, at approximately 10:05 p.m., the Fillmore County Emergency Dispatch 911 Center received a call from the Old Barn Resort. A grandmother was reporting that her 25-year-old granddaughter and the grand ..... 
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Root River rescue

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Police Reports

By Sheriff Tom Kaase On Saturday, June 4, at approximately 9:38 p.m., the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Emergency 911 Communications Center received a call of a person in distress, stranded on the bank of the Root River. The location was belie ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office receives outstanding agency award

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Police Reports

PRESTON, MN – Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office is receiving a new piece of equipment to assist them with their traffic enforcement efforts; keeping drivers at safe and legal speeds. This equipment is awared to Law Enforcement Departments that ha ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 6/20/16

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Jose Manuel Nunez, 18, Postville, Iowa; 3/23/2016, Speeding – Exceed Limit 30 mph – Urban District (49/30), Fine $60, Total Fees $150. Unsupervised probation for one year (Concurrent/Consecutive). 3/23/2016, D ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 6.13.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I’ve noticed that the tabs on our license plates change color every year. Who decides what color the Minnesota registration tabs on license plates should be? Answer: The Minnesota Dep ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Report - 6.13.16

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Matthew Thomas Manahan, 63, Chatfield, Minn.; 5/12/2016, Driver Approaching Intersection Fails to Yield Right of Way, Fine $50, Total Fees $140. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Peter Scott Blackstad, 52, Lakevill ..... 
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