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Weird Laws in Minnesota

Updated November 22, 2019 2.6k votes 480 voters 19.0k views19 items

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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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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    Mosquitos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Mosquitos

    The land of 10,000 lakes declares mosquitos a public nuisance.
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    Airplanes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Airplanes

    Airplanes may not be landed in city parks. (Cottage Grove)
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    Teasing skunks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Teasing skunks

    It's illegal to tease skunks.
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    Placing tacks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Placing tacks

    Placing tacks on a sidewalk is considered a public nuisance. (Minnetonka)
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    Driving motorcycles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Driving motorcycles

    All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
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    Crossing state lines is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Crossing state lines

    A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
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    Chicken on head is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Chicken on head

    Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.
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    Sleeping naked is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Sleeping naked

    It is illegal to sleep naked.
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    Massage therapist business is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Massage therapist business

    Any person who persuades another to enter a massage therapist business after 11:00 PM is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Minnetonka)
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    Animals sleeping in a bakery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Animals sleeping in a bakery

    It is illegal to allow animals to sleep in a bakery. (Duluth)
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    Stand around any building is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Stand around any building

    It is illegal to stand around any building without a good reason to be there.
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    Bathtubs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Bathtubs

    All bathtubs must have feet.
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    Red cars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Red cars

    Red cars may not drive down Lake Street. (Minneapolis)
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    Dirty tires is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Dirty tires

    Driving a truck with dirty tires is considered a public nuisance. (Minnetonka)
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    Even numbered addresses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    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)
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    Hamburgers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Hamburgers

    Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays. (St. Cloud)
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    Oral sex is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Oral sex

    Oral sex is prohibited.
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    Running cat at large is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    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)
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    Talking over the telephone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Weird Laws in Minnesota
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    Talking over the telephone

    No child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent. (Blue Earth)
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