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Ask a Trooper


Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha

LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY - ROAD CLOSED - NO THROUGH TRAFFIC

It is the time of year where road construction mandates temporary signage restricting or detouring traffic. I contacted MnDOT Engineer Scott Thompson to define what it all means.

ROAD CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC or LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY SIGNS.

ROAD CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC or LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY tells you that you NEED to take a different route and should only cross the barrier if you have no other option to reach your destination within the restricted area. For example, if the driveway to your home, worksite, a friend or relative’s home can only be accessed on the restricted roadway you are LOCAL TRAFFIC and NOT THRU TRAFFIC. If your destination is outside the restricted area, you must take another route and not go THRU.

ROAD CLOSED

ROAD CLOSED means just that; you cannot enter or cross the barrier; if you try you may not get through, you may damage road work, get stuck and/or be subject to a citation. MnDOT explained that it would not typically put up a ROAD CLOSED if access was needed. Even emergency vehicles generally have to re-route around a closed road.

DETOUR

MnDOT DETOUR routes use paved roads, which can handle the weight of the detoured traffic while not violating load restrictions, and they focus on the shortest and most direct route. For those thinking they know better than MnDOT, keep in mind that if you stray from the detour, odds are great you will arrive at a dead end, get stuck on gravel roads, get lost, and travel further. When drivers go off detours, MnDOT and the State Patrol begin getting complaints about the unusual traffic, vehicles using driveways to turn around and people requesting directions.

TRAFFIC CONTROL

SIGN CHANGE

TRAFFIC CONTROL CHANGE AHEAD warnings are placed in advance of to a change in traffic control devices. For instance, if stoplights were removed or stop signs are added, deleted, or set up differently. These signs are important to heed, as you do not want to go through an intersection assuming the traffic control is the same – a habitual response to these intersections or road changes could be tragic.

It is a violation and a citation can be written if you violate these lawful directions. Fines can be over $100. If it is winter and you cross a barrier or gate to access a winter sto .....
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Highway 43 closed near Choice due to bridge repairs

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Police Reports

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 43 is closed from Fillmore County Road 10 to Fillmore County Road 12, as crews conduct bridge repairs near Choice, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Motorists will detour on Fillmore County Road ..... 
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Utica man killed at Arendahl Township bachelor-bachelorette party

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in All Police Reports

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident that occurred in Arendahl Township Saturday night in which a 47 year old Utica man died. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, Jeffrey Taylor and his two sons had bee ..... 
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Taylor shooting 6-15-13

Wed, Jun 19th, 2013
Posted in All Police Reports

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident that occurred in Arendahl Township Saturday night in which a 47 year old Utica man died. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, Jeffrey Taylor and his two sons had been ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Police Reports

Robert Blake Hughes, 24, of Harmony, Minn., appeared in Fillmore County Court on May 21, for one count of Escape from Custody – Held Pursuant to Lawful Arrest While on Charge or Conviction or Adjudication, which carries a maximum sentence of five ..... 
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Bank Teller Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Money From Bank

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Police Reports

U.S. Dept. of Justice MINNEAPOLIS--On Wednesday, May 29 in federal court, a 64-year-old woman from the southeastern Minnesota community of Wykoff, Minn. pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $35,520 from the Security State Bank where she was ..... 
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Holiday weekend recap: At least four killed, 360 DWI arrests

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Police Reports

ST. PAUL, MINN. - Preliminary crash reports indicate at least four people were killed in traffic crashes during the Memorial Day weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. Two of the three vehicle ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff working with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Police Reports

Bloomington, MN - The Fillmore County Sheriff is making it easier to attract information about crimes and let the source remain anonymous. The Sheriff’s Office again renewed its partnership with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota which makes available i ..... 
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11 killed in 10 days on Minnesota Roads First pedestrian death of 2013 reported

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Police Reports

ST. PAUL, MN - At least 11 people were killed in the past 10 days on Minnesota roads, according to preliminary traffic crash reports submitted to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. To-date for the year there ..... 
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