Nicolet Law Accident and Injury Lawyers
 Free Consultations | Calls Answered 24/7 
Nicolet Law Accident and Injury Lawyers

Built on Family.
Focused on Helping.
Dedicated to Winning.

We win or you don’t pay
500 ★★★★★ reviews

Nicolet Law office
SERVING WI & MN | Calls Answered 24/7 | Free Consultations 866-663-8774

Weird Laws in Minnesota

Injured? Get Nicolet.
Free case evaluation

Weird Laws in Minnesota

Minnesota is unique for many reasons: it has 11,842 lakes spanning over 10 acres each, is home to the Mall of America, and has an extensive skyway system. However, many people overlook the weird laws in MN that make the state just a little more unique.

Many laws have good intentions, but some of them leave us scratching our heads. Here are five weird laws in Minnesota and some laws that are more urban legend than reality.

Weird Laws in Minnesota

Five Weird Laws in Minnesota

1. Bingo Just Two Times Per Week in a Nursing Home

In nursing homes, Bingo is a popular game older residents love to play it.

However, some Minnesota lawmakers wanted to limit nursing home Bingo to just two times per week. If you visited the nursing home, you could not play Bingo with the residents.

Thankfully, the law was voted out in 2015, so nursing home residents can now enjoy a game or two or three of Bingo without worrying about breaking the law.

2. No Shirt, No Motorcycle Driving

Rumors are floating around the Internet that you cannot operate a motorcycle without wearing a long-sleeved shirt. For anyone who wants to drive around the state’s many lakes during the summer months, this law seems a little crazy.

Luckily, the law (7411.0565 Motorcycle) applies to motorcycle endorsement program instructors.

Well, specifically, the law requires instructors to have their students wear protective gear, such as:

  • A jacket or long-sleeved shirt
  • Helmet
  • Eye protection
  • Shoes or boots
  • Gloves

However, the law explicitly mentions motorcycle endorsement programs and not anyone who rides a motorcycle otherwise. So, if you are cruising around Lake Country Scenic Byway and want to wear a short-sleeved shirt or no shirt at all, the law would not stop you.

But for your safety, throw on a heavy jacket.

3. Mosquitoes Are a Public Nuisance

No one enjoys swatting mosquitoes or walking back into their home with mosquito bites on their arms or legs. However, Minnesota Statutes take the nuisance of these pests a step further with Section 18G.14 MOSQUITO ABATEMENT.

The law states that: “Areas where mosquitoes incubate or hatch are declared to be public nuisances.”

With 10,000+ lakes and large bodies of water in Minnesota, mosquitoes are out and about in most areas of the state. However, you need to read the law carefully and realize that it is not the mosquitoes that are a public nuisance, but the actual public area where the mosquitoes multiply.

4. Drunkenness Is Not a Crime

Public drunkenness may be a crime in other states, but Minnesota has a specific law making it not a crime.

According to 340A.902 Drunkenness Not a Crime:

  • Public drunkenness is not a crime
  • You cannot be convicted or charged with an offense for drunkenness in public

However, the law states that although drunkenness is not a crime, it does not stop you from being convicted of other offenses. For example, you cannot operate a vehicle in the state while intoxicated.

Also, if your actions damage someone’s property or injure them, the law can hold you responsible for the crime.

Essentially, if you want to head downtown, drink to your heart’s content, and walk home or call an Uber, it is not a crime. If, however, someone cannot hold their liquor well, assaults someone, or engages in another illegal activity, it's a crime.

5. Better Keep Your Truck Tires Clean in Minnetonka

In Minnetonka, it is illegal for a truck to deposit any of the following on roadways:

  • Dirt
  • Mud
  • Sticky substances
  • Litter
  • Other materials

The law is part of the city’s 845.010 Public Nuisance laws and is still in effect.

Weird Laws That Are More Folklore Than Reality

The five laws listed above are or once were in effect. But you will find a few other laws that seem outrageous and maybe more folklore than reality.

A few of the many weird laws in Minnesota that fall into the folklore category include:

  • You cannot cross state lines with a chicken/duck on your head. It is not clear who or why anyone would want to carry a duck or chicken on their head, but as far as we know, this law no longer exists if it ever did.
  • All bathtubs must have feet. Again, this does not make much sense, but if it were true, almost everyone with a modern home would violate the law.
  • Keep your elephant off of Main Street. There are rumors about it being illegal to bring your elephant to Main Street. However, we could not find any laws that mention elephants in Minnesota.
  • Minneapolis law does not allow you to drive a red car down Lake Street. We have seen this claim everywhere, but we could not track down a specific statute validating this claim. However, many people drive up and down all parts of Lake Street in red vehicles without getting pulled over.
  • Stop teasing the skunks. There was said to be a law that made it illegal to tease skunks. Unfortunately, we could not find the source of this claim. However, we did find that it is illegal to exchange, sell, import, export, or barter skunks in the state.
  • A woman cannot cut her hair without her husband’s permission. We could not find any laws that prohibit women from cutting their hair.

Perhaps some of these laws were a misinterpretation of past laws or just folklore that people passed down over the years without doing much research.

However, it would be quite interesting to see an elephant parked on Main Street.



Result with Nicolet Law 


Offer before Nicolet Law


Result with Nicolet Law 


Offer before Nicolet Law


Result with Nicolet Law 


Offer before Nicolet Law
More Than
Million recovered for our clients
5 star reviews
More Than
years in business


Result with Nicolet Law 


Offer before Nicolet Law
$0.00 - denial*


Result with Nicolet Law 


Offer before Nicolet Law


Result with Nicolet Law 


Offer before Nicolet Law
YouTube video

What our clients say about us

powered by BirdEye
more testimonials

Awards & Recognitions

Nicolet Law Office is honored to have been nominated for numerous awards for excellence in service and client satisfaction. Our attorneys have appeared in such prestigious lists as Top 40 Under 40 and Rising Stars. While we’re thankful to have the support of industry peers and independent third-party organizations, nothing beats the feeling of gratitude we share with clients when we can make a positive impact on their lives.

From our blog


Contact us today to request a free case evaluation with a dedicated local attorney. With twelve convenient office locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, accessing award-winning legal services has never been easier. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from traveling, we would be happy to meet you at your home or schedule a private virtual consultation.


Tell us about your case

We’ll review your case details and contact you with an action plan.
Fields marked with an * are required
Brief description of your legal issue.
Disclaimer: The use of the internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

13 locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota to serve you

Wisconsin State Icon

Wisconsin Locations:

402 Graham Ave.
Suite 305
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Phone: (715) 835-5959
Map & Directions

2300 Riverside Dr,
Suite 105
Green Bay, WI 54301
Phone: (920)-504-3655
Map & Directions

517 2nd Street
Unit #205
Hudson, WI 54016

Phone: 715-226-6158
Map & Directions

205 5th Avenue S,
Suite 209,
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: 608-527-0876
Map & Directions

1500 Madison Ave.
Suite 220
New Richmond, WI 54017

Phone: 715-226-6164
Map & Directions

337 North Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Phone: (715) 790-1114
Map & Directions

215 S 2nd St #20
River Falls, WI 54022

Phone: (715) 716-5869
Map & Directions

1200 Tower Ave.
Superior, WI 54880

Phone: (715) 718-2969
Map & Directions

408 3rd Street
Suite 303
Wausau, WI 54403

Phone: (715) 716-5092
Map & Directions

Minnesota State Icon

Minnesota Locations:

306 West Superior Street,
Suite 606 West
Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: (218) 729-0628
Map & Directions

Howard Court Bldg.
302 Howard Street, Suite 123
Hibbing, MN 55746

Phone: 218-217-0659
Map & Directions

23 - 4th Street SE
Suite #217
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (612) 446-3999
Map & Directions

724 Bielenberg Drive
Suite 126
Woodbury, MN 55125

Phone: (651) 815-0017
Map & Directions

Wisconsin and Minnesota’s Local Award-Winning Injury and Disability 
© 2022 Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, S.C. All Rights Reserved.
If we do not get you a recovery in your case, you will not be responsible for any attorney fees, but you still may be responsible for costs expended on your behalf, such as filing fees, medical records, etc.
crosschevron-down linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram