Minn. conservation officers allowed to pull over vehicles with boats in tow

If you're driving with a boat in tow down the road, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources now has the right to pull you over -- and for no reason. The DNR initiative is part of the states effort to crack down on aquatic invasive species violations, and boaters aren't happy about it.
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If you're driving with a boat in tow down the road, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources now has the right to pull you over -- and for no reason. The DNR initiative is part of the states effort to crack down on aquatic invasive species violations, and boaters aren't happy about it.

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