Ask a Chief: A couple of weeks ago, my friend told me that she was hosting a “Night to Unite” party for her neighborhood. What is Night to Unite and how can I get involved with it next year?
A: Night to Unite (AKA National Night Out) is an annual event held in communities throughout Minnesota and across the nation, usually on the first Tuesday in August. The focus of Night to Unite is to bring neighbors together at an event that allows them to get to know each other and to meet their [...]
A: By far one of the most common crimes in Elk River is theft. Many of those thefts were preventable. With warmer weather comes an increase in night time thefts from vehicles left parked in driveways or on the street. Toys and bikes left in yards, or items from unsecure garages are also frequent targets. [...]
The only fireworks that are legal in the state of Minnesota to sell, possess or use by the general public are specific items (such as sparklers, cones and tubes) that are non-explosive and non-aerial. More specifically, wire or wood sparklers must not be more than 100 grams of mixture per item. Other items, such as [...]
A: There are a number of Minnesota statutes regarding funeral processions. 169.20 Subd. 6 states that when any funeral procession identifies itself by using regular lights on all cars and by keeping all cars in close formation, the driver of every other vehicle, except an emergency vehicle, shall yield the right-of-way. 609.501 Subd. 2.(2) further [...]
Answer: On Christmas morning, a fast-moving fire in Stamford, Conn. took the lives of three young sisters and their grandparents. After an investigation, it was discovered that the fire was caused by improperly discarded fireplace embers. Having been a firefighter in the city next to Stamford prior to moving to Elk River, this tragedy hits [...]
Ask a Chief: It seems like every time I drive through town I see police cars on traffic stops; isn’t there anything better for them to do?
Answer: Although it may appear that all the police do is “pull over speeders,” a good portion of a patrol officer’s time is spent responding to calls for service, and patrolling neighborhoods, or businesses. Traffic enforcement is a high priority for the police department though, because it is a leading area of concern for our [...]
A: Minnesota’s “Ted Foss Move Over” law is over 10 years old. Foss was a state trooper killed by a passing vehicle as he was conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder of I-90 in Winona in 2000. The law requires motorists to move over a lane when approaching emergency vehicles stopped on the roadside [...]
A: A person who informs a law enforcement officer that a crime has been committed or otherwise provides information to an on-duty peace officer, regarding the conduct of others, knowing that it is false and intending that the officer shall act in reliance upon this information has committed a violation. The statute serves two purposes. [...]