Ronald “Ronnie” C. Thompson – Obit

Ronald “Ronnie” C. Thompson, 65, Ada, MN passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 13, 2023, at Benedictine Care Community in Ada.   Ronnie was born on February 17, 1957, at St. John’s Hospital in Fargo, ND to Elmer and Thelma (Larson) Thompson. After moving various places during his young life, he and his family found… Continue reading Ronald “Ronnie” C. Thompson – Obit

“Ryan’s Hope” star dies at 90

Michael Levin was an actor who starred as Jack Fenelli in the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope.” Acting career Levin was best known for his long-running role on “Ryan’s Hope” as reporter Jack Fenelli. He was with the show for its entire 13-year run, and he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for his performance… Continue reading “Ryan’s Hope” star dies at 90

Ask A Trooper: What is the legal length allowed for a snow plow blade?

Question: Last week, I noticed a truck with a snow plow blade on it, it took up the whole traffic lane, it was not a Minnesota Department of Transportation truck. What is the legal length allowed for a snow blade? Answer: The maximum legal width is 8 feet 6 inches in Minnesota. Snow plows start… Continue reading Ask A Trooper: What is the legal length allowed for a snow plow blade?

Obituary | Deb Derouin

Deb Derouin

Deborah Derouin of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at McIntosh Senior Living. Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM on Friday January 20, 2023 at Community Hall in Red Lake Falls, MN with Reverend Jeffrey Lytle Officiating. Burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery near Red Lake Falls,… Continue reading Obituary | Deb Derouin

Ask A Trooper: Can we carry items along with student passengers in a school bus?

Question: I am driving a bus full of band students to an event and I want to know if I am required to pull a trailer to haul the band equipment. I am an experienced bus driver, but parking will be very tight and it will be next to impossible to back the bus with… Continue reading Ask A Trooper: Can we carry items along with student passengers in a school bus?

Ask A Trooper: For what road and traffic events should I call 911?

Question: In Kansas we can dial *47 to connect to the Kansas Highway Patrol to report non-emergency issues. Things like road hazards, erratic drivers, motorists on the side of the road, etc. This number is *55 in Missouri and *211 in Iowa. Is there a similar number in Minnesota? Answer: Minnesota does not have a… Continue reading Ask A Trooper: For what road and traffic events should I call 911?

Ask A Trooper: Can you share tips for safer winter driving?

Question: I heard on TV the State Patrol responded to over 1,300 crashes and 5 fatal crashes the last several days. Do you have any tips for winter driving? Answer: Snow and ice can make driving a bit more challenging, even if you grew up here. It not only involves knowing what to do while… Continue reading Ask A Trooper: Can you share tips for safer winter driving?

Ask A Trooper: Do I stop and wait for cattle found at a cattle crossing sign?

Question: When I come across a cattle crossing sign in the road, does that mean I yield to the farmer crossing his cattle similar to a pedestrian crossing sign? Answer: If you come across anyone crossing the road you would need to yield. It’s always important to scan the road ahead for pedestrians and hazards.… Continue reading Ask A Trooper: Do I stop and wait for cattle found at a cattle crossing sign?

Ask A Trooper: Why do I sometimes see school buses not using their lights or stop arm when picking up kids?

Question: I see school busses that do not use their flashing lights or extend the stop arm as they’re picking up kids. Cars are passing them from behind and from the front. What are the requirements for bus drivers to use their safety lights? Thank you for your time. Answer: Minnesota law allows for certain… Continue reading Ask A Trooper: Why do I sometimes see school buses not using their lights or stop arm when picking up kids?

Ask A Trooper: When is honking my car horn illegal?

Question: A friend recently told me that it’s illegal to honk your car horn in Minnesota (he showed me an internet article). I find this hard to believe. So many friends and family members drive by our house, giving their horn a little honk and waving; is this illegal? What if you’re behind someone at… Continue reading Ask A Trooper: When is honking my car horn illegal?