I am always thankful when readers suggest topics to me. Ken, a reader in Hugo, asked that I write about Minnesota’s “special registration plates” which are sometimes referred to by the more colorful moniker of “whiskey plates.”
Have you ever seen these? They are a plainer-looking license plate that starts with the letter W. It is that first letter - coupled with what they mean - that has prompted their nickname.
Whiskey plates are issued for a variety of reasons all related in some way to illegal drinking and driving. They are issued after someone has had their regular license plates impounded for a designated offense.
A pair of suicide squeeze bunts by the North St. Paul Post 39 helped them achieve a 9-inning, 6-5 triumph over Rosetown Post 542, June 17 in American Legion District IV play at the Rockets home field.
The game was highlighted by a pair of home runs off Rosetown bats and a like number of successful suicide squeeze bunts by the 39ers.
Those exploits were punctuated by a couple of highly questionable calls — particularly at home plate — by the umpires.
Many citizens appear in Minnesota courts without attorneys, particularly in conciliation courts and before child support magistrates.
Some basic rules of courtroom conduct must be followed to avoid not only losing your case, but possibly being warned by the judge about contempt of court.
A local tobacco shop was reportedly raided by federal drug agents on Wednesday, as part of a multi-state sweep of such businesses.
According to Owen Putman, public information officer for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's Chicago Field Division, which includes Minnesota and Wisconsin, search warrants were executed at five locations in the two states, including the Smokedale Tobacco shop on 10th Street N. in Oakdale.
Putman said a search warrant was also executed at Smokedale's warehouse, located just a few doors down from the Oakdale shop, as well as at Smokedale shops in Minneapolis and Hudson and at an address in Afton, Minn.