Minnesota State Patrol puts current, classic cars on display for agency's 90 anniversary

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Minnesota State Patrol squads today and yesteryear were on display on the State Capitol grounds on Thursday as the agency celebrated its 90th anniversary.

The vehicles included a:

  • 1930 Harley Davidson motorcycle
  • 1930 Ford Model A
  • 1954 Ford
  • 1979 Dodge
  • 2017 Ford Explorer
  • 2019 Dodge Charger
  • 2019 Ford Taurus Interceptor

The Minnesota State Legislature created the Minnesota Highway Patrol in 1929 in response to an automobile boom. The initial force was comprised of nine men.  Nearly 600 troopers now enforce traffic safety laws, educate Minnesotans about the importance of traffic safety, investigate and reconstruct serious crashes, conduct flight patrols and search-and-rescue missions, and assist other law enforcement agencies.