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Chapter Number 70, General Provisions



            70.01   State Highway Traffic Regulation Act adopted by reference

            70.02   Scope of title

            70.03   Removal of vehicles by police

            70.04   Loading zones

            70.05   Common carriers for hire, stands

            70.06   Safety zones and no parking districts

            70.07   Registration of commercial carriers

            70.08     Operation

           70.09     Vehicle Parking

            70.10     Residential Areas

            70.11     Unlawful Overtime Parking

            70.12     Violations


            Except for M.S. §§ 169.04, 169.10, 169.11, 169.66, 169.751, 169.752, 169.753, 169.754, 169.78, 196.965, 169.966, 169.98, as they may be amended from time to time, M.S. Chapter 169, known as the Highway Traffic Regulation Act, as amended by Laws, 1974, Chapters 21, 22, 23, 52, 57, 59, 79, 110, 122, 133, 134, 332, 343, 350, 358, 379, 389, 406, 460, 500, and as it may be amended from time to time, is adopted as a traffic regulation ordinance of the city. Every provision contained in such chapter is adopted and made a part of this title by reference as if fully set forth herein.

(Prior Code, § 50.01)

  • 70.02 SCOPE OF TITLE.

            It is unlawful and a misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this title. No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any peace officer invested by law with the authority to direct, control or regulate traffic.

(Prior Code, § 50.02)  Penalty, see § 10.99


            (A)      Any vehicle, wherever found, whether on public or private property, in violation of this code or other ordinances of the city or the laws of the state, is declared to be a nuisance and the same may be summarily abated by removal, under the direction or at the request of a police officer, to a place of storage by means of a towing truck or otherwise or such police officer may require the driver or owner to remove such vehicle off the paved or traveled portion of a street.  However, no vehicle shall be removed from private property if the vehicle is owned by the owner of the private property or a person who is a resident, tenant of the owner, or otherwise is in control of the property, unless that person has given express permission to remove the vehicle or an administrative search and seizure warrant has been first obtained.

            (B)       Any vehicle found upon the streets of the city in such damaged condition or state of disrepair that it cannot be driven and which, in the opinion of a police officer, constitutes an obstruction of the street may be removed and impounded by the Police Department to a place of storage, provided that if the owner or operator has requested, such vehicle may be towed to the owner’s own or any other garage.

(Prior Code, § 50.04)

  • 70.04 LOADING ZONES.

            The Chief of Police of the city shall have the power to designate loading zones on streets in the city with the approval thereof by a majority of the City Council.

(Prior Code, § 50.09)


            The Chief of Police shall locate and designate a place or places in the city where vehicles engaged in carrying passengers, baggage, property or material for hire may stand awaiting customers and may relocate such places in his or her discretion by filing written notice thereof with the City Administrator of the city; said changes to take effect when approved by the Council of the city.

(Prior Code, § 50.11)


            The city is authorized, empowered and directed to designate all such safety zones and no parking districts in the public streets of the city as such are or shall be required for the safety and convenience of the citizens and inhabitants of the city and mark and indicate the location of such safety zones and no parking districts by using and placing suitable safety zones and no parking signs upon the driveways and sidewalks and streets of the city, and no person driving, operating or having under his or her control any vehicle of any kind whatever shall cause, permit or allow such vehicle to stand, remain at or upon any such safety zone or no parking district in the city.

(Prior Code, § 50.13)


            All owners of vehicles operating on designated truck routes within the city shall register their intent to utilize the truck routes with the City Administrator of the city. The City Administrator will annually provide notice to registered carriers of the provisions of this section and any alterations in designated routes. A violation of this section shall constitute a petty misdemeanor.

(Prior Code, § 50.16)  Penalty, see § 10.99

  • 70.08 OPERATION.

            M.S. § 169.222, as it may be amended from time to time, is adopted and made a part of this chapter by reference as fully as it is set out at length herein and all amendments are adopted.


The term “recreational vehicle” shall mean a vehicle designed and used for recreational purposes and enjoyment including, but not limited to, self-propelled motor homes, truck campers, camping trailers, all terrain vehicles, boats, race cars and race car trailers, snowmobiles, construction trailers, all other trailers, vehicles used to transport goods, refuse or merchandise, semi-tractors and trailers and vehicles converted into storage or camping vehicles.

(Ord 04-05, passed 10-03-05)


(A)     With the exception of construction trailers, the vehicles described in 70.09 above shall not be allowed to park on any public street, for longer than 72 hours to load/unload and to perform maintenance on the vehicle.  Construction trailers may be parked on City streets only when they are being used in conjunction with an adjacent construction project and only while attended. 

(B)       The parking and storage of the vehicles described in 70.09 on a lot is permitted subject to the following restrictions:

(1)       Parking and storage is permitted at all times within an enclosed building or within the rear yard.

(2)       The above-described vehicles must have affixed thereto current registration or license plates as required by law.

(3)       All permitted recreational vehicle storage must be on an established driveway and must be set back at least fifteen (15) feet from the back of the curb, where present, or fifteen (15) feet from the paved area of the street if no curb is present.

(4)       Recreational vehicle parking is allowed on a sideyard.  The term “sideyard” shall mean the yard between the nearest point of the building and the sideline of the lot and extending from the front yard to the rear yard.

(5)       All recreational vehicles parked in accordance with this ordinance must not be missing “major parts”, which would, without these parts, constitute junk. 

            (Ord 04-05, passed 10-03-05)


It shall be unlawful to park a car, pick-up truck, van or motorcycle on any City street, alley or public parking lot for longer than:

(A)      24 consecutive hours from during calendar parking.

(B)       72 consecutive hours from during the remainder of the year.

 (Ord 04-05, passed 10-03-05, Amd Ord 01-11, 2-2-11)

  • 70.12 VIOLATION.

Any person in violation of 70.11 A shall receive a parking citation immediately.  Any person in violation of 70.11 B shall receive a 24 hour warning tag from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department or a designee of the City.  If after 24 hours the violation continues, any person in violation shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.  Each day a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

(Ord 04-05, passed 10-03-05)


(A)      The calendar system of parking is adopted which means that all parking from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. on even days of the month shall be allowed only on the even side of the street or avenue and on the odd days of the month on the odd side of the street or avenue commencing November 15th and continuing until April 1st of each year. The allowed changeover period during each day shall be from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Ord 01-11, 2-2-11, Amd Ord. 04-11, 12-5-11) (Amd Ord. 01-15, 03-02-15) (Amd Ord. 04-18, 9-17-18)

(B)       There shall be no parking between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Main Street from Mineral Avenue to Mesabi Avenue between November 15th and April 1st of each year. (Ord 01-11, 2-2-11, Amd Ord. 04-11, 12-5-11) (Amd Ord. 04-18, 9-17-18)


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