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Ask a Trooper - 1.26.15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports



Question: Are people allowed to push their leftover snow out onto the highway for the snowplow to move it?

Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 160.2715, “It shall be unlawful to obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon.”

This law prohibits the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow on to public roads, including the ditch and right-of-way along the roadway. Violations are considered misdemeanors, but civil penalties may also apply if the placement of snow creates a hazard, such as a slippery area or frozen rut or bump, that contributes to a motor vehicle or pedestrian crash. The civil liability may extend to both the property owner and the person who placed the snow.

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 reach him at Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us)



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Fillmore County police reports - 1.19.15

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Shari Desiree Cole, 50, Chatfield, Minn.; 7/18/2014, Barking Dog, Fine $50, Total Fees $170. Hunter James Kennedy, 19, Chatfield, Minn.; 10/16/2014, Driving After Revocation, Fine $200, Total Fees $320. Fillmore Cou ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 1.19.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol Question: What is the correct following distance? Everyone seems to be way too close behind each other. What can I do as a driver having someone too close behind me? Isn’t there a rule of so many vehicle lengths for miles ..... 
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Ask A Trooper - 1.12.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol Question: What are the new graduated driver’s licensing laws for new drivers? Answer: The 2014 Minnesota Legislature passed a new graduated driver licensing law effective January 1, 2015. The new law requires driver educa ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 1.12.15

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Hassan Mashbab M Alkahtani, 34, Rochester, Minn.; 11/23/2014, Speeding (68/45), Fine $70, Total Fees $230. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Kyle Evan Arndt, 29, Austin, Minn.; 11/14/2014, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40 ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - 1.12.15

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

On December 30, 2014, Kevin Jeffrey Kurschner, 29, of Rushford, Minn., appeared before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. Kurschner is charged with two felonies, DWI – Operate a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, and DWI – Operate ..... 
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Ask A Trooper - 1.05.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol Question: The other day at an intersection I noticed a car with the windows so frosted up that the driver had to roll down a window to check for cars coming from my side. What is the law on frosted windows? When I receive ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 1.05.15

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Jason Peter Burris, 47, Chatfield, Minn.; 5/10/2014, Assault - 5th Degree - Fear of Bodily Harm or Death, Fine $1000 (stay $800), Total Fees $400. Local Confinement – 90 days (stay 87 days for one year). Jail time mu ..... 
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Ask a trooper - 12.29.14

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

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

Question: Why do bridge decks freeze up faster than the rest of the roadway? Answer: Bridges are made of steel and concrete, which conduct heat well, and the heat within the structure is released rapidly from all sides when temperatures drop. W ..... 
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