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Winter weather means drivers should use caution near snowplows


Thu, Feb 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to drive slowly near snowplows and give them plenty of room. In January, motorists struck seven snowplows in southeastern Minnesota, resulting in injuries to motorists, lost time and damaged vehicles.



Another chance of snow is forecasted this weekend and MnDOT’s 102 snowplows will be out in the 11-county southeastern Minnesota district before, during and after the storm.



This winter has been especially dangerous for snowplow operators in southeastern Minnesota with seven reported vehicle crashes with snowplows in January and 11 so far this winter. Fortunately, none of the crashes resulted in critical injuries to motorists. MnDOT’s snowplow operators have been uninjured, but equipment has been damaged.



MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:



• Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.

• Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.

• Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

• Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.

• Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511.



For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.

Residents, snow removal operators advised not to push snow on public roadways

Tue, Jan 28th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – With the growing number of snow days this winter, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds residents and snow removal operators that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street. Minnesota ..... 
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A Gift for the Generations: The Minnesota Historical Society Announces Newest Recipients of More Than $4.2 Million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Thu, Jan 16th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

111 grants made possible by the Legacy Amendment are awarded to dozens of organizations in 47 counties throughout Minnesota for projects of enduring value ST. PAUL (Jan. 15, 2014) – Minnesotans are hard at work in the new year, building their l ..... 
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No unnecessary travel advised due to difficult driving conditions

Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – (11:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in southeastern Minnesota because of difficult driving conditions due to icy patches, blowing snow and reduced visibility. Officials do not ..... 
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Secretary of State highlights key dates for 2014 election year

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is encouraging Minnesota voters to engage in the democratic process in 2014 as significant offices will be on the ballot. This year, voters will head to the polls to vote for a U.S. Senate seat, ..... 
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Students can use ‘cold day’ for independent reading, homework

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 3, 2014 - Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, released the following statement regarding Gov. Mark Dayton’s decision to close schools statewide on Monday. “Educators never like to lose a day of teaching and l ..... 
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Commerce Commissioner Urges Seniors to Protect Their Money and Prevent Wire Transfer Fraud

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – Older Americans are scammed out of an estimated $2.5 billion dollars a year and an increasingly prevalent tool used by fraudsters is wire transfer fraud. Seniors are frequently tricked into wiring money, believing they are paying f ..... 
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MINNESOTA MAY LOSE $610 MILLION IN 2014 DUE TO PROPOSED RFS ROLLBACK

Mon, Dec 30th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec 30 – The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rollback of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) biofuel requirements for 2014 may lead to a $610 million shortfall to Minnesota’s economy and a loss of 1,532 jobs next ..... 
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Dresbach Bridge named one of the top ten bridges of 2013

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Dresbach Bridge was named as one of the top 10 bridges of 2013 by Roads and Bridges magazine. Each year the magazine’s editorial staff recognizes the top projects in North America based on project challenges, impact to ..... 
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