Blog Archive: February 2021​​


Col. Matt Langer (left) presents the Eagle Squadron Award to Trp. Gustavo Culbeaux during the 2021 State Patrol Awards on Feb. 24

Heroic Minnesotans who made a tough year better

Feb. 25

They say the show must go on – but the awards ceremony must go on too, despite the need to socially distance and gather in small groups. That’s why the 2021 State Patrol Awards was virtual this year. And while some may have missed the banquet luncheon and the in-person camaraderie, the ceremony still served the purpose of recognizing the heroic...


Spring 2021 flood outlook map screenshot

Don’t gamble on spring flooding

Feb. 22

That cold snap we just finished made it feel as if the temperature would hover around zero forever, but the snow and ice will start melting before we know it. That melting snow is one of the first signs of spring, prompted by warm sunshine and temperatures well above freezing. But melting snow can bring flooding with it, and certain other factors can make it worse...


Participants at a rally to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women

Hope for the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Minnesota

Feb. 18

If you’re not a member of an Indigenous (Native American, American Indian) community in Minnesota, you may be unaware of an injustice that has plagued Minnesota tribes for far too long: Missing and murdered Indigenous women. Historically speaking, the issue hasn’t...


Motorcycle training participants lined up on motorcycles lined up by a field of traffic cones

Miss your rider training last season? Sign up now!

Feb. 11

Like pretty much everything else in our lives, Minnesota rider training courses were affected by the pandemic. Adhering to statewide regulations meant that the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) delayed the 2020 training season until June, so the season was two months shorter than usual. That means there were fewer training opportunities...


A young woman sitting with her head and arms on her knees

Keeping violence out of teen dating relationships

Feb. 8

It’s February, when many a young person’s thoughts turn to love. Dating during the teenage years can be fun and exciting – but for 10 percent of US teens, it can also be violent. That’s why, in 2010, Congress dedicated the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention. Everyone, no matter their age, deserves healthy relationships...


Get to your end zone safely. Drive sober. Drive smart!

Reid and Arians have Super Bowl game plans, and so should you

Feb. 4

Your Super Bowl plans may look a little different this year. Perhaps you’re choosing to avoid the sports bar and stay home or go to a friend or family member’s house for snacks, drinks, booing and cheering. But even if you just drive down to the grocery store at halftime for more snacks...


A car in a snow-filled ditch and a State Patrol squad car on the shoulder of a highway

The top 10 winter driving tips from the State Patrol

Feb. 1

It’s February, which means we’re entering the span of time when we typically get the most snow in Minnesota. 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 your vehicle is in motion, but preparing carefully before you leave the house and being ready in case of a crash....