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  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson, the Minnesota State Patrol
    August 31, 2015
      Question: I was wondering if it is illegal to have the ball hitch in the receiver of my truck if I am not pulling any trailers at that time. Also is it illegal to have more than one ball on my bumper? Answer: No, it is not illegal to have a ball hitch in the receiver of a truck when not pulling a trailer. It is not illegal to have more than one ball hitch on the bumper. With that being said…
  • August 24, 2015
      A disappointing controversy arose last week during the annual sale of the Cardinal Coupon Card. The folded card displays the names of more than 50 local businesses offering discounts totaling more than $2,000 in goods and services. The Chamber does the legwork contacting interested businesses, and the athletes do the legwork selling cards. The proceeds are split between the Chamber and Luverne…
  • By Mary Brown, RN, Luverne
    August 17, 2015
      The phrase “pick your battles” is often used to justify our desire as parents not to fight with our children about that which means little to us, or that which we feel means little to them for their future. In some things this is a sanity-providing mantra that provides the necessary peace to move on to other things. For instance, if it is mentioned that your child perhaps should not wear jeans…
  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol
    August 17, 2015
      Question: Can a person get a ticket for driving too slow?  Answer: Yes. Freeways in Minnesota have an actual posted minimum speed limit. A driver must use due care in operating a vehicle, so there are times when traveling under that limit would be legal and encouraged because of weather conditions (snow, ice, fog, etc.) and actual or potential hazards on the highway.  Here is what Minnesota…
  • By Lt. Governor Tina Smith
    August 17, 2015
        In 1922 the Minneapolis Tribune speculated, “… The day will come soon when farms are run by electricity, just as the other great industries are." The newspaper marveled that the relatively new technology was creating new economic opportunities in rural Minnesota and was making work more efficient and life a little easier. Eventually Minnesota farms were electrified, but it didn't…
  • August 03, 2015
      The Rock County Sheriff’s Office and the members of Rock County Triad hosted a local celebration for National Night Out Tuesday. The national observance began as a way for neighborhoods (both residential and business) to meet and connect with each other. The premise for the celebration is that “friends take care of friends” and neighborhoods comprised of friends take care of each other. The…
  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol
    July 13, 2015
      Question: I read an article about gas-powered bicycles/mopeds and I have some questions of my own. What is needed in addition when one has a permit or driver’s license? Answer: These rules apply to required equipment and gear for moped riders: •A moped must meet the same lighting requirements as a motorcycle, with a headlight, taillight and stop lamp. The headlight must be on during operation.…
  • July 13, 2015
      Construction on U.S. Highway 75 in Luverne is about halfway through the project timeline and we are starting to see some of its effects, both good and bad. First the good effects. Slowly, the large machines that have been digging and trenching in the middle and the sides of the roadway are disappearing. There are no more gaping holes in the ground detouring traffic from both directions. Slowly…
  • By Mary Brown, Luverne
    June 29, 2015
    In my extensive research on the subject of species teenagerus (with subspecies teenagerus grumpitus, teenagerus independentus, and the more elusive teenagerus agreeablitus), I have yet to identify all the factors associated with healthy eating. Exercise habits are largely dependent upon the habits of their friends. It seems that eating habits follow this line. However, sometimes the members of…
  • By Mary Brown, RN, Luverne
    June 08, 2015
      It seems that summertime is (finally) upon us! The rhubarb is prolific, blueberries and strawberries are available and delicious, my kids are in shorts every day, and barefoot whenever possible. Who am I kidding, so am I! As the kids have been home for a few weeks already, and can expect to return to school in August, a little summer craziness has begun. The boys consulted their Book of…
  • By Mary Brown, RN, Luverne
    May 18, 2015
      I hope that Mother's Day brought you flowers that were bought, picked or colored; handcrafted cards with careful crayon coloring, or beautiful scribbles. I hope you were blessed, Moms, for the blessings you give daily to your blessings. That said, sometimes our blessings, well, sometimes they lack perspective. Yes, perspective is the word I want here. Just before Mother's Day I heard…
  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol
    May 04, 2015
      Question: I bought a used vehicle and noticed that the horn does not work. Is a person required to have a horn? Answer: Yes, you are required to have a working horn in the State of Minnesota. According to Minnesota State Statute, “Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway must be equipped with a horn in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from…
  • May 04, 2015
      While the recent avian influenza outbreak poses a low risk to human health and is not a food safety risk, Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency to stop the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The declaration by the state’s leader couldn’t have come quickly enough. As of May 1, nearly 4 million birds have been euthanized in Minnesota involving 67 farms in 19…
  • April 28, 2015
      With winter safely behind us, the Blue Mounds State Park and Touch the Sky Prairie are seeing an increasing number of visitors enjoying the outdoors. We don’t have lakes or mountains in Rock County, but we do enjoy our prairie vistas with their Sioux quartzite outcroppings, which are beautiful in themselves. To call attention to these natural resources, we will celebrate Life on the Prairie,…
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