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School is out!!!!
With graduation over and the ending of the school year summer is official here ... at least for our children. This means that you will be seeing many, many more bicycles, walkers, runners and young people out and about.
Please pay attention as you drive through the community. Kids often don't look before crossing the street or are too busy talking to their friends to realize they have wondered from the curb into the driving lane as they walk to the parks and the pool.
It’s also important to realize that Minneota has a curfew that is strictly enforced. If you are a parent, please know where your children are and be able to contact them in the event of an emergency.
If you have any questions please contact me and review the attached explanation of the curfew law.
Many parents have asked, "What is the curfew for children in Minneota?” and I smile every time I am asked because there are two answers to this question. The first answer can be found in the City of Minneota ordinances.
The ordinance states that no child shall be in a public area (or places of entertainment and amusement) unless the child is accompanied by the minor's parent, guardian or other person having the minor's lawful care, custody or control.
•Ages 15 and under: Sunday to Thursday, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day. Friday and Saturday is 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
•Ages 16 / 17: Sunday to Thursday, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day. Friday and Saturday is midnight to 5 a.m.
Exceptions are from June 1st to Labor Day are as follows:
•Ages 15 and under: Sunday to Thursday, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day. Friday and Saturday is 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
•Ages 16 / 17: Sunday to Thursday, midnight to 5 a.m. the following day. Friday and Saturday is midnight to 5 a.m. This ordinance does not apply to a child returning home by a direct route from and within 30 minutes of a school activity, religious service, place of employment or other LEGITIMATE activity or errand as directed by the child's parents. Telling your child to walk home from a friend's house after curfew will not qualify as a legitimate errand and would be a violation.
Special Note: If a child is found in violation of this ordinance, both the child and parent can be issued a ticket depending on the circumstances.
After reading this, you are probably wondering why is it so complicated and how are you supposed to remember all the details? That is why I prefer the second answer to this important question. As a parent you can and should set whatever curfew you want so long as it is no later than that set by ordinance.
If you feel that your son or daughter needs to be home by 9 p.m., tell them that and if they don't come home I will help you find them. I believe in parental rights and responsibilities and I will do whatever I can to support you as a parent in working with your children. It’s my belief the city ordinance should be viewed as a last resort and that parents should be setting rules for their children.
If would like to discuss this further, please stop in and see me or call my cell phone at 507-360-7864 and if you have a question that you would like me to answer you can call me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.