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Ask a Trooper: Youthful ATV operators


Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Question: What are the youth laws when operating ATV’s? I have often observed youth riding excessively on residential roads quite fast, unsupervised, and without helmets.

You can get a regulation manual from most ATV dealers, your local DNR or DMV office, your police department/sheriff’s office or you can visit www.mndnr.gov/ohv. There are numerous regulations, but here are some highlights regarding young drivers.

Anyone under age 16 has to have a parent or guardian’s permission to ride an ATV. All ATV operators and passengers under age 18 have to wear a helmet. Road authorities have the right to restrict operation of ATVs on roads under their jurisdiction, so people need to check every municipality/township before riding.

Under 10 years of age, operators can only ride on private property - with permission of landowner. Under age 12 operators may only ride an ATV up to 90 cc on public lands and frozen waters if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and may operate only on private property.

There are specific laws for operators ages 12-15, 15, and ages 16 and 17 years. Parents and guardians should thoroughly read the above-mentioned manual with their young rider, as well as constantly monitoring, guiding and correcting their driving behavior. The proper riding gear, should be insisted on, for our youth; helmets and beyond. These laws are being enforced statewide by all law enforcement, as many deaths and serious injuries are being reported every year.

SEMAC awards arts grants

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On May 20, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 32 grants for a total of $181,585 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included five Presenter/ Production Assistanc ..... 
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Open sites and enrolled sites located in eligible areas Fillmore Central Public Schools #2198

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Preston State of Minnesota

Fillmore Central Public Schools #2198 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Site Name: Fill ..... 
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Emergency Closure of Mertes Slough Rookery

Tue, May 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Winona, MN— The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be undertaking an emergency closure of the Mertes Slough heron colony beginning May 21, 2014. The heron colony is located near the Hwy 43/54 bridge between Winona, M ..... 
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Zipper merge can make construction zone traffic flow smoothly

Tue, May 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – When motorists encounter lane restrictions in work zones, they can make the merging traffic go smoother if they know how to use the zipper merge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. In southeastern Minneso ..... 
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Click It or Ticket: Increased seat belt patrols take to Fillmore County May 19-June 1

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

FILLMORE COUNTY, Minn. – Motorists and passengers are reminded of the importance of buckling up as extra Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols take to the roads statewide for two weeks – May 19-June 1. The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, Chatf ..... 
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Keep SAFETY at the top of your spring home improvement project list

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn.– Whether landscaping or planting trees, shrubs or flowers this spring, Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone “safety first” and to call 8-1-1 or click to contact GOPHER STATE ONE CALL before any projects involving digging ..... 
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Minnesota ranks second in U.S. for bicycle-friendly states

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kicking off National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists today announced that Minnesota ranks as the second most bicycle-friendly state in the nation. Minnesota has consistently ranked in the top five since 2008. “Thi ..... 
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Highway 26 construction in Houston County resumes May 5

Wed, May 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Highway 26 between Highway 16 and the Iowa border as crews work to complete a road resurfacing project that started last year. Work is expected to begin on Monday, May 5, weather ..... 
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