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February 16, 2018

The Necessity Defense

A judge in Minnesota recently recognized a rarely used legal defense by allowing climate activists to use the necessity defense. These three activists were arrested and charged with felonies in 2016 after shutting down an overland pipeline. The activists argued that the pipeline company violated the law to protect citizens […]
February 12, 2018

Head-on Collision Kills Several People

Three individuals were killed recently in a head-on collision that occurred near Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Prior to the crash, a motor vehicle operator was passing another vehicle and struck a minivan that was headed in the opposite direction. Both motor vehicle operators, as well as a one-year-old boy who was […]
February 8, 2018

Minnesota Changes Estate Tax Requirement

Only one of 18 states, Minnesota still imposes inheritance taxes in addition to the federal estate tax levy. Minnesota’s estate tax, however, recently became much weaker. The state’s current budget includes $650 million in tax cuts, which involves increasing the estate tax exemption to $2.4 million for the year of […]
February 6, 2018

Worker Electrocuted in Accident

Authorities are currently in the process of investigating how an accident occurred that resulted in a worker being killed. At the time the accident occurred, the worker was repairing a high voltage electrical cord for potato unloading equipment when the man was electrocuted.
January 31, 2018

100 Pounds of Marijuana Results in Drug Trafficking Arrests

In Windom, Minnesota, an effort between several law enforcement agencies to confiscate approximately 100 pounds of marijuana resulted in two drug-related arrests. The arrest occurred when a Minnesota state law enforcement officer was informed by the Worthington Police Department of two vehicles with California license plates that were believed to […]
January 29, 2018

The Importance of Child Support in Minnesota

Children in the state of Minnesota require financial and emotional assistance as well as support from both parents. To achieve these goals, the state’s child support program helps parents who are no longer together make sure that there are adequate finances to support the child. Not only does child support […]
January 25, 2018

Man Using Snow Blower Killed by Skidding Vehicle

A man in northern Michigan who was using a snowblower was recently struck and killed by a vehicle that slid across the man’s road. The accident occurred outside of Kingsley. The Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office reports that the driver was traveling westbound when she lost control of her vehicle, which […]
January 23, 2018

A New Year Brings New Beginnings…Including Divorce?

In North Dakota, the month of January often brings with it the uncertainty of frigid temperatures, changing weather conditions, treacherous driving conditions and increased car accidents.  But along with that uncertainty, the new year also brings with it the promise of new beginnings.  Many people take the opportunity to reflect […]
January 19, 2018

What You Need to Know About Minnesota’s Buffer Law

The buffer law in Minnesota creates new “buffer” layers for vegetation of up to 50 feet along lakes, rivers, and stream. A buffer refers to vegetated land that exists alongside a stream or river. The reason for these buffers is that they help to filter out nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment. […]
January 17, 2018

Criminal Vehicular Homicide in Minnesota

In October of 2016, a motor vehicle operator drifted into the opposing lane of traffic of County Road 3 near Kilkenny, Minnesota and was involved in a head-on crash with a motorcyclist. The police report written at the scene reported that the motor vehicle operator had a blood alcohol concentration […]
January 11, 2018

Estate Planning for Minnesota Farm Owners

Estate planning for farm owners involves some unique issues which often revolve around making sure that a farm is properly passed down to a family’s next generation. It is important that the farm can be passed in an economical manner because farm families depend on the farm to generate revenue […]
January 9, 2018

Auto Worker Killed in Minnesota Accident

An auto mechanic in Montevideo, Minnesota recently died during an accident that occurred while on the job. The accident occurred when the owner of the auto shop stepped on a truck’s accelerator causing a worker to be pinned between the pickup truck and a tool chest that was located against […]
January 5, 2018

Increase of Synthetic Drug Seizures in Minnesota

In 2017, there were a record number of synthetic drugs seized in Minnesota. This forced law enforcement agencies in the state to create a number of new procedures regarding how drug cases are handled. These laws have redefined the ways in which law enforcement officers in the state of Minnesota […]
January 3, 2018

The Risk of Farm Accidents

A serious farming accident occurred in Farwell, Minnesota at the end of October. A worker was found deceased in a farm field in the area. Law enforcement responded to the accident and determined that the worker had been chisel plowing when he was run over by the plow and dragged. […]
December 28, 2017

North Dakota’s Prohibition on Non-Competition Agreements Prevails Over Choice of Law and Forum Selection Clauses

As most corporate and commercial litigation attorneys in this state already know, North Dakota law provides that a non-competition agreement is void as a matter of law except in a few, limited circumstances. See N.D.C.C. § 9-08-06. Enterprising attorneys have attempted to circumvent the prohibition on non-competition agreements by utilizing […]
December 26, 2017

Minnesota Revenge Porn Laws

December 20, 2017

What You Need to Know About Motor Vehicle Insurance

December 18, 2017

Firearms and North Dakota Restraining Orders

The North Dakota Supreme Court recently invalidated a restraining order that was filed against a gun owner by his former partner. This decision was based on the North Dakota Supreme Court’s finding that a North Dakota district court incorrectly upheld a disorderly conduct restraining order against a person who carried […]
December 14, 2017

The Danger of Wrong Way Accidents

December 12, 2017

Minnesota Land Transfers

Revised Minnesota statute (272.162) gives counties the same power as municipalities and townships to review land divisions and transfers. This power is most often used to deny inaccurate land transfers or illegal subdivisions. This law will help the state better conform with land regulations and result in landowners receiving additional […]
December 6, 2017

McKenna’s Law

Signed into law in May of 2017 and effective on August 1, 2017, McKenna’s Law is designed to make sure that all children in Minnesota in need of protection or services have access to adequate legal representation. Written by Senator Jerry Relph, the bill passed unanimously in both the House […]
December 4, 2017

Eminent Domain Law in North Dakota and Minnesota

Each year in North Dakota and Minnesota, there are a number of eminent domain cases that occur. Eminent domain refers to the body of law that authorizes the government to take the property belonging to individuals. Some of the most common reasons eminent domain is used to build highway projects, […]
November 30, 2017

Signs that a Spouse is Hiding Assets

When it comes to divorce, both Minnesota and North Dakota are equitable distribution states in which marital property is divided between spouses in a manner that a court of law decides is fair. In these types of divorces, it is not uncommon for former spouses to hide assets from one […]
November 28, 2017

Repeat DWI Offenses

November 22, 2017

What You Need to Know About Easement Laws

Sometimes, property owners lack the ability to reasonably access either a portion of their own land or public land without crossing onto another person’s property. Easements, however, grant property owners these rights by establishing that the individual has an interest in the use but does not own the land over […]