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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.
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Fillmore County District Court - 10.20.14

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Court

On December 11 and 12, William Bruce Manhart, 35, of Harmony, will appear before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat at the Fillmore County Courthouse for a jury trial. Manhart is charge with one count of Domestic Assault-Felony, with a maximum pe ..... 
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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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Birth Announcement ~ Madysyn Ryan Himle

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Madysyn Ryan Himle Ryan and Alysha Himle of Lanesboro, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of Madysyn Ryan, born Sept. 19, 2014. Grandparents are Gary and LeAnn Olson of Lanesboro and Dennis and Kristi Himle of Claremont, Minn.

Wedding of Whipkey ~ Whalen

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Whipkey ~ Whalen Blaine & Kathy Whalen of Harmony, Minn., are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jordana to Jamie Whipkey, son of Kent & Brenda Whipkey of Flandreau, SD, and Elizabeth & Tim Nelson of Sioux Falls, SD. The b ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts will present ‘Geography Lessons’

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Lanesboro Arts will present ‘Geography Lessons’, an exhibit featuring acrylic paintings by Holly Wist, who has beautifully captured nighttime city street scenes. The exhibit opens Saturday, Oct. 18, with an artist reception ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - Egg Coffee

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Columnists

It’s that time of the year when you wouldn’t have to cook for at least a month….church dinners, church dinners, and did I mention church dinners. There’s Ham and Meatball, Salad Luncheon, BBQ & Hot Dogs, Pork Dinner and, of course, the infam ..... 
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Bid accepted for former elemenztary school property

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A brief regular meeting of the Spring Valley City Council was held on October 13 at the Carnegie Building in Spring Valley. All members of the City Council attended (Mayor Jim Struzyk, Todd Jones, Tony Archer, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and city ..... 
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Nightmare arises again in Fountain

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

The time is nearly ripe for the re-emergence of Fountain’s Nightmare on First Street: Field of Screams and Haunted Barn. For the fourth year, this spooky non-profit fund-raiser is set to chill and thrill patrons. Hundreds of hours every year g ..... 
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