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Ask a Trooper

Question: If a person has a medical exception to a specified window tint level (per medical prescription by medial provider), do you have to register that exception/prescription with the state? Or register the car that has the applied tint? Answer: It is not necessary to notify the ...

COVID vaccines deserve public confidence

Last week something happened that qualifies as a personal milestone. I received my second of two COVID vaccine doses. That means I now have some built-in protection against one of the worst pandemics in history. It also means that I’m doing what I can, in a small way, to bring the world ...

On the Porch

LCHS has a book in its collection that is a great resource for finding out the origin and historical significance of place names in Minnesota. The book, Minnesota Geographic Names by Warren Upham was first published by the Minnesota Historical Society in 1920. A reprint edition was published in ...

Farm girl – MaryAnn (Kack) Blanchette – life changes

We’ve been learning about MaryAnn (Kack) Blanchette’s life growing up on the family farm near Lake Marshall during the 1930s and 1940s. Anyone who lives on our Minnesota prairie long enough experiences major winter storms. MaryAnn vividly recalled the Armistice Day Blizzard of ...

Tired

It was a wrestling match for the ages. A young upstart was pitted against a grizzled old veteran who had remained in place, unchallenged, for decades. The young guy eyed his foe warily, sizing things up. He knew that his cagey opponent wouldn’t give up without a fight, that he would need to ...

Read and sip

Since the first human began drawing pictures on a cave wall, we have continually striven to communicate with each other in someway. History tells us we’ve accomplished this communicating via various forms of hieroglyphics and over many years developed our various alphabets and the numerous ...