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Ask a Trooper


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Sat, Apr 16th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: What are the requirements for RV triple towing in Minnesota?

Answer: With warmer weather around the corner, we are sure to see more RVs and boat trailers on the roads being towed.

A recreational vehicle combination may be operated without an over-length type permit if:

(1) the combination does not consist of more than three vehicles, and the towing rating of the full-size pickup truck or recreational truck-tractor is equal to or greater than the total weight of all vehicles being towed;

(2) the combination does not exceed 70 feet in length;

(3) the operator of the combination is at least 18 years of age;

(4) the trailer is only carrying watercraft, motorcycles, motorized bicycles, off-highway motorcycles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, motorized golf carts, or equestrian equipment or supplies, and meets all requirements of law;

(5) the vehicles in the combination are connected to the full-size pickup truck or recreational truck-tractor and each other in conformity with the trailer hitch laws; and

(6) the combination is not operated within the seven-county metropolitan area during the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The driver of a recreational vehicle does not need a special driver’s license, but please keep in mind the statutory definition of a “Recreational Vehicle Combination” found in M.S.S. 169.011 Subdivision 62 (a). The law states that a “Recreational Vehicle Combination” means a combination of vehicles consisting of a full-size pickup truck or a recreational truck-tractor attached by means of a kingpin and fifth-wheel coupling to a middle vehicle which has hitched to it a trailer. And (b) For purposes of this subdivision, a “kingpin and fifth-wheel coupling” is a coupling between a middle vehicle and a towing full-size pickup truck or a recreational truck-tractor. Please note that a simple ball hitch for the first trailer does not meet the legal requirements.

Please make sure that all trailers are properly secured, safety chains are attached and lights are properly working. When towing, reduce your speeds and increase your following distance.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, R .....
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Fillmore County Police Reports

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Cale David Swanson, 28, St. Louis Park, Minn.; 2/1/2016, Unregistered (Vehicle) – Certificate Revoked, Fine $300, Total Fees $390. 2/1/2016, Speeding – Exceed Limit 30 mph – Urban District (48/30), Fine $60. ..... 
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Ask a Trooper

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I just purchased a kayak and had it delivered to my house. I did not think ahead about the length of it for transporting it. I was wondering if a kayak extender is legal in Minnesota? Answer: A kayak extender could be legal if you meet t ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

On March 21, Gage Anthony Heath, 20, of Lanesboro, appeared before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. Heath is charged with Harassment; Restraining Order Violation, a felony with a maximum criminal penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Boyd Winson Charles Nelson, 60, Rochester, Minn.; 2/2/2016, Uninsured Vehicle – Driver Violation, Fine $200, Total Fees $290. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Christine Yvette Gurule, 31, Ostrander, Minn.; 1/5/2 ..... 
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Ask a Trooper

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I recently broke my foot and have it in a cast. Am I still allowed to drive? Does it matter which foot it is? Answer: There are not any blanket restrictions, but a physician may restrict a patient “for a temporary condition” on a cas ..... 
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Ask a Trooper

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: If a person has a medical exception to a specified window tint level (per medical prescription by medial provider), do you have to register that exception/prescription with the state? Or register the car that has the applied tint? Thank ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 3.28.16

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Kathleen Jean Cowden, 18, Rochester, Minn.; 2/10/2016, Speeding – Exceed Limit of 30 mph – Urban District (39/30), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Evan Jacob Hovorka, 38, Plymouth, Minn; 2/7/2016, Speeding – Exceed L ..... 
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Personal injury accident

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Police Reports

On March 21, 2016, at approximately 12:36 p.m., the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a call of a personal injury accident at the intersection of US Hwy 52 and US Hwy 139, in the City of Harmony. Fillmore Co ..... 
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