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“Ask a trooper” 12.1.14


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports



Minnesota State Patrol

Question: I hear a lot of things out there for “Winter Survival Kits”; could I get your opinion Sgt. Christianson?

Answer: his is a great question and yes, there is a lot of information and opinions on what to have in your “winter survival kit”. Being born and raised here and based on my training and experience with almost 15 years on the State Patrol and working some of the hardest hit areas when it comes to winter weather in our great state. This is what I would recommend. It’s not a matter of “if” and “when”, but “when” and “then”. It’s not about being paranoid; it’s “BEING PREPARED”!

Assemble winter survival kits for all of your vehicles. Keep them inside the vehicle where they will be readily accessible and secure. The kit should include:

•Three-pound coffee can or any similar container with a plastic cover, candle stubs and matches and a lighter which can be used to melt snow for additional drinking water

•Metal or plastic cup, a small sharp knife and plastic spoons

•Red bandanna and a plastic whistle to alert rescuers to your location

•Pencil and paper (to leave information in the vehicle on when you left and where you are going)

•First aid kit, including any essential medications

•Plastic flashlight with spare batteries (reverse the batteries to avoid accidental switching and burnout, and replace batteries yearly)

•Two large plastic garbage bags, safety pins (bags are for insulation for feet, safety pins keep the bags together)

•Snack foods for energy, such as candy bars. Even canned soup, meat or poultry

•Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Other important suggested items:

•Extra sets of stocking hats, gloves, mittens, boots, socks, and snowmobile suit

•Sleeping bag and blankets

•Road flares and reflectors

•Tow cables or chain

•Shovel

•Booster cables

•Basic tools

•30-feet cord/rope to use as a homing line when you must exit vehicle

I believe these listed items are essential and there are many more a person could add, but this is a start. All too often I see people end up in the ditch and are extremely unprepared. I feel another important t .....
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 12.1.14

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Tonia Elizabeth DeClue, 43, Austin, Minn.; 7/3/2014, Careless Driving, Fine $1000 (stay $500 until 11/9/2015), Total Fees $890. Local Confinement – 90 days (stay 60 days for one year), serve as work release on weekends ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 11.24.14

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Crystal Sue Dempewolf, 18, Ostrander, Minn.; 10/9/2014, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Use or Possession, Fine $50, Total Fees $140. Daniel Lee Dornack, 33, Lewiston, Minn.; 8/28/2014, Driver Must Carry P ..... 
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“Ask a trooper”

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol Question: What should a person do if they are involved in a crash? Answer: This is a very good question and I must say that it depends on many factors in each circumstance. Each situation is different and the person involv ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 11.17.14

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
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Chatfield Police Department Leo Michael Stephas, 19, Chatfield, Minn.; 9/20/2014, Driving After Revocation, Fine $200, Total Fees $290. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Crystal Anne Bain, 41, Stewartville, Minn.; 8/31/2014, Speeding (65/55), ..... 
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"Ask A Trooper"

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: What is the law in regards to transporting a firearm for hunting? Answer: I will talk about long guns (rifles and shotguns, handguns are another topic.) According to Minnesota State Statute (M.S.S.) 97B.045 Subd1, a person may not trans ..... 
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“Ask a trooper”

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: How bad is winter compared to summer when it comes to crashes? Is it as bad as we think it is or what? It seems like we have a lot more crashes when the snow flies. How about some winte ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 11.3.14

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Ryan Dwane Clauson, 33, Nashua, Iowa; 8/15/2014, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Jesse Lloyd Crowson, 20, Spring Valley, Minn.; 10/4/2014, Failure to Display Current Registration – Expired Plates ..... 
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“Ask a trooper”

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: Is there an age requirement for a driver of a farm tractor? Do they need to be age 15 and have a farm permit? It is the busy fall harvest season and a person see’s lots of farm implement ..... 
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