Ask a Sheriff: Sheriff Joel Brott

Q: What are the rules for operating a snowmobile in Sherburne County?

A: There are many rules for operating your snowmobile in Sherburne County and across the state. Some of the common rules are:

•Display current registration on your snowmobile.

•The maximum speed limit in Minnesota is 50 mph.

•Display a snowmobile state trail sticker if you are operating on a state or grant in aid trail.

•Stay off the roadway, shoulder and inside slope of state and county roads.

•Operate your snowmobile in the same direction as roadway traffic when riding one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

•If you were born after Dec. 31, 1976, make sure that you have a snowmobile safety certificate in your possession while riding.

•Stay off the median of four-lane highways, such as highways 10 and 169.

•Come to a complete stop and look both ways before crossing a public roadway, whether there is a stop sign or not.

•DO NOT TRESPASS. Trespassing is the No. 1 complaint that the Sheriff’s Office receives. Always ask permission to ride on property that you do not own. Remember, you MUST have permission to enter agricultural land. Do not leave the trail or road ditch and go onto someone’s property without their permission.

Make sure you check for local ordinances, too.

For a complete listing please go to the Minnesota DNR Web site or contact the Minnesota DNR and request a copy of the “Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules & Regulations” handbook.

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