List of strange state laws on the books in Minnesota. These rules and regulations were passed by the Minnesota state legislature, or in an individual in Minnesota city, and for one reason or another, were never overturned, remaining active on the books until this day. Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons. Most frequently, the laws appeared in the books following a court ruling on a specific case, that then set a common law precedent from that point on.
Strange or unnecessary laws have become a popular source for humor, online and more generally in popular culture. TV shows like "The Simpsons" have had a lot of fun with the notion of small towns having peculiar regulations on the books. (In one episode, Mayor Quimby is surprised to find out the town charter mandates that all ducks wear long pants.)
Often, "dumb laws" as reported on websites and in humor books have been shown to be inaccurate. This sometimes happens because a real, sensible law has been exaggerated or misunderstood, turning into something that sounds silly or ridiculous. Other times, it is simply the result of a hoax being repeated enough times to gain some kind of credibility. If you think any of the laws on this page are not accurate or do not remain active in Minnesota, let me know in the comments below.
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The land of 10,000 lakes declares mosquitos a public nuisance.
It's illegal to tease skunks.
Airplanes may not be landed in city parks. (Cottage Grove)
All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
It is illegal to sleep naked.
Placing tacks on a sidewalk is considered a public nuisance. (Minnetonka)
Crossing state lines
A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
Massage therapist business
Any person who persuades another to enter a massage therapist business after 11:00 PM is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Minnetonka)
Animals sleeping in a bakery
It is illegal to allow animals to sleep in a bakery. (Duluth)
Chicken on head
Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.
Stand around any building
It is illegal to stand around any building without a good reason to be there.
All bathtubs must have feet.
Red cars may not drive down Lake Street. (Minneapolis)
Even numbered addresses
Residents of even numbered addresses may not water their plants on odd-numbered days excluding the thirty first day where it applies. (Cottage Grove)
Driving a truck with dirty tires is considered a public nuisance. (Minnetonka)
Oral sex is prohibited.
Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays. (St. Cloud)
Running cat at large
It shall be the duty of any policeman or any other officer to enforce the provisions of this Section, and if any cat is found running at large, or which is found in any street, alley or public place, it shall be the duty of any policeman or other officer of the city to kill such cat. (Hibbing)
Talking over the telephone
No child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent. (Blue Earth)