Minnesota's Odd Laws(WDAY TV) -- Websites and books are full of lists of Odd Laws. But just how many of them are still on the books or even existed at all? In the first of a two part series, we look at Minnesota's Odd laws.
(WDAY TV) -- Websites and books are full of lists of Odd Laws. But just how many of them are still on the books or even existed at all? In the first of a two part series, we look at Minnesota's Odd laws.
The odd law for Minnesota that people seem to mention the most is the one that says you can't put a duck on your head and walk across the state line.
Bill Bergquist/Clay County Sheriff: "Ducks are migratory birds so you know a lot of those are under the federal jurisdiction so the FBI might be coming out after you."
Well it Turns out I haven't done anything illegal, not only does this law not exist, it was never on the books.
How about it's illegal to have Men's and Women's underwear on the same clothes line? This law is also a myth and the researchers at Minnesota's Legislative Library looked back to 1849 and could find no record of it.
They also say that other laws such as all bathtubs must have feet and It's illegal to sleep naked are also just myths.
The legislative library did point out two laws that were on the books until fairly recently.
Keeping a dirty threshing machine was illegal in Minnesota into the 1990's.
I do remember back in my days when I was younger I used to farm with my grandfather and I don't think we ever talked about the dirty one. It was pretty dirty. We might have been in violation.
In the 1960's the Minnesota legislature passed a law making fortune telling a misdemeanor under the vagrancy law but in 2005 that law was repealed so now you can make a living as a fortuned teller in Minnesota and Sheriff Berqguist never even had a chance to enforce this law.
Bergquist: "I've never known anybody to make a living as a fortune teller, no. I guess I've never met one I know they're out there somewhere but I don't think I would have arrested someone for making there living as one."
So of all the Minnesota Laws we found on the internet. None of them turned out to be true or to ever have existed.
Tonight at 10, we'll look at North Dakota's odd laws,and find out why so many of these laws are myths.