Ask a trooper 2017

How should I report people who snow blow their snow into the street?

Q: What should I do about my neighbor who snow blows the snow from his driveway into the street? I do not know who to report this to. This morning I nearly had an accident sliding down our street.

A: There is a law that covers this issue. The state statute says that it is unlawful to obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice on the road. This prohibits the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow on to public roads. This includes the ditch and right-of-way area along the roads. There may be local ordinances against it as well.

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Beat foodborne illness this Super Bowl

As excitement for this year’s Super Bowl grows, the U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages consumers to use safe food-handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year.

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Ask a trooper 2016

If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Hwy. 10 W., Detroit Lakes, Minn. 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us).

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Mental illness: more talk, less stigma

Mental illnesses are as common as silver cars, as people with brown eyes and more common than being left-handed. Despite being one of the most common illnesses, there still is a stigma attached to mental illnesses and many people struggle with talking about them. Most people will wait an average of 10 years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to start talking about mental illnesses and what we can do to Make it OK.

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Plant a pollinator garden, and enjoy the many benefits

by Melinda Myers

Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies and other pollinators to thank. These essential members of our ecosystem are responsible for much of the food and beauty we enjoy each day. Unfortunately, pesticides and habitat loss are threatening their existence.  There is something you can do to help.  Turn your garden, backyard or balcony into a pollinator’s habitat.

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Observe Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month by learning about treatments

by Julia Schopick

In light of National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month which is observed throughout the entirety of March, author Julia Schopick points to a rare yet proven treatment for autoimmune diseases that could save both lives and lower healthcare costs. The break-through treatment, Low Dose Naltrexone, is still an unknown to a vast majority of doctors and patients. However, for those suffering with autoimmune diseases, it is the best hope yet.

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Ask a trooper 2015

If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson – Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, Minn. 55811 or follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE or reach him at, neil.dickenson@state.mn.us.

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The founding fathers would embrace energy independence

by William L. Schachte Jr.

The United States is closer than ever to fulfilling the vision of our Founding Fathers. By achieving energy independence, we can achieve freedom from foreign influence.

Yet on the basis of alarmist claims, the Obama Administration is balking on two key elements of this new energy security: hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – and offshore drilling on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.

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