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Ask a Trooper 2-2-15


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports



Minnesota State Patrol

Question: Trooper Troy, what is black ice, how does it form?

Answer: Black ice may form when light rain falls on pavement that is less than 32 degrees, or when roadways are wet and the temperature plummets. Black ice is common early in the morning and late at night when the roads are cold. Beware of bridges and overpasses, which are often cooler as a result of air circulating both above and below elevated surfaces. It is also important to be aware of black ice near bodies of water, where increased moisture in the air can be a factor.

Black ice can be very difficult to detect, so there are several precautions that are necessary when driving in these conditions. Headlights or fog lights are a helpful tool in spotting black ice. Look for glossy patches on the road during the day; glaze may be a good indicator. Monitor the air temperature, if it is near freezing you should reduce speeds and never use cruise control. It is also important to be aware of proper tire pressure and tread.

When you are driving on black ice it is important to stay calm, take your foot off the gas pedal and never slam on the brakes as this will cause you to lose co,ntrol. If you lose control of your vehicle, look for areas on the roadway that may help you regain traction. These may include areas with heavy sand or salt.

Once you have regained control of your vehicle, take a moment to compose yourself and continue your travels. If there is a great deal of black ice it would be wise to stop in a safe place and wait for MnDOT to treat the roads. This will reduce your risk of crashing.

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 2-2-15

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Cheyenne Kathryn Losey, 20, Spring Valley, Minn.; 12/14/2014, Underage Drinking and Driving; Crime Described, Fine $1,000 (stay $800 until 7/13/2015), Total Fees $290. Local Confinement - 90 days (stay 90 days for one y ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 1.26.15

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

Chatfield Police Department Wei Kang Chang, 24, Dubuque, Iowa; 12/22/2014, Speeding – Exceed Limit of 30 mph - Urban District – 56/30. Fine $100, Total Fees $290. Stacy Lynn Plenge, 32, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/11/2014, Disorderly Conduct – Off ..... 
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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.” ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 1.19.15

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
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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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