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Ask a Trooper: Political signs


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Troy H. Christianson

Minnesota State Patrol

Question: I’m starting to see political signs pop up all over along the highways. What are the rules with these? Thanks!

Answer: Placement of campaign signs in state highway rights-of-way is prohibited under MN State Statute 160.27. In addition, campaign signs may not be placed on private property outside of the right-of-way limits without landowner consent.

Highway rights-of-way include the driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections. Signs in violation will be removed and impounded at one of the local Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT ) maintenance truck stations.

Violation of the law is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if the placement of a sign contributes to a motor vehicle crash and injures a person, or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road. In addition, the Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act (MN State Statute 173.15) prohibits erecting advertising on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, and painting or drawing on rocks or natural features.

These laws are administered in a fair and impartial manner. Political campaign signs are treated in the same way as any other signs wrongly placed on state highway property by businesses, churches, private citizens or charitable groups. For information regarding the proper placement of campaign signs or where to find signs that have been removed, contact your local MnDOT office. See also www.dot.state.mn.us/govrel/rw_signs.html.

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 Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW Rochester, MN 55901-5848 or E-mail troy.christianson@state.mn.us



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Fillmore County Police Reports

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Payton Rose Bergey, 18, Mabel, Minn.; 8/23/2014, Liquor consumption by person under 21, Total Fees $190. Benjamin Allen Boley, 35, Spring Valley, Minn.; 6/21/2014, Disorderly Conduct-Brawling or Fighting; Fin ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Wed, Oct 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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“Ask a Trooper” - 9.29.14

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol, Sgt. Troy Christianson Question: My registration tabs for my license plates are due. Is there some leeway when I have to purchase those? Answer: This is a good question and I have learned something myself along the way. Mi ..... 
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“Ask a Trooper” - 9.15.14

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Minnesota State Patrol - Sgt. Troy Christianson Question: How long does a person have to change their driver’s license address? Answer: It depends on the circumstance. I will name off some situations. If you’re already living in Minnesota ..... 
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“Ask a Trooper” 9.15.14

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: I have questions about registering a car. I’m in the process of restoring (early 1970s vintage) with an original Minnesota license plate from the same year as the car was made. He ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports 9.15.14

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Logan Lyle Huebner, 46, Summer, Iowa; 7/15/2014, Speeding - 65/55; Fees $130. Ryne Daniel Kimball, 22, Spring Valley, Minn.; 6/30/2014, Disorderly Conduct - Offensive/Abusive/Noisy/Obscene; Fine of $1,000 (sta ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports 9.8.14

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
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Chatfield Police Department Kay Ann Brandt, 50, Victoria, Minn.; 7/14/2014, Speeding - 65/55; Fees $130. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Ahmed A I Alkhalili, 27, Calmar, Iowa; 7/14/2014, Unlawful Passing - Against Signs; Fees $140. Robin ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports 9.1.14

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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Chatfield Police Department Larry Michael Brogan, 64, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/13/2013, Assault - 5th Degree - Inflict or Attempt Bodily Harm; Fine of $500 (stay $300 until 3/27/2015), Total fees $290, Local confinement for 90 days (credit for time serv ..... 
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