5 Weird Minnesota Laws That Have Been Reversed
Every state has laws that were once relevant, but no longer make sense in the modern world. Minnesota is no different. There are plenty of odd laws and rules we had to follow at one point that are borderline useless these days. (I'm looking at you St. Cloud hamburger law.) Here are some that have been reversed in our state.
1. Every man in Brainerd is required by law to grow a beard - A city official and the local historical society said that law is not on the books. It once was a law, but not anymore. Which is really good for the facial hair challenged in Brainerd.
2. Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays in St. Cloud - It's hard to track the origins of this one, but people tend to think it has something to do with not eating meat on the Sabbath. No one will arrest you for getting a burger and fries on a Sunday. Go ahead and pick up Val's for the family.
3. A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head, or go into Wisconsin with a chicken atop his head - This rule isn't enforced, but it will get you some weird looks and a police officer might question your sanity.
4. State Law limits Nursing Homes and Senior Centers to two days of bingo a week - When charitable gaming came to Minnesota in the 80’s, State Law did in fact limit Nursing Homes and Senior Centers to two days of bingo a week. And if you were visiting someone at a nursing home or senior center you were restricted from playing bingo with them! This law was reversed in 2015.
5. It’s illegal to harbor a dirty threshing machine - A threshing machine is a piece of farm equipment that removes the seeds from the stalks and husks. I can see how prolonged use without cleaning could become a fire hazard, but I don't think threshing machines are being randomly inspected.
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