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Emergency Closure of Mertes Slough Rookery


Tue, May 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Winona, MN— The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be undertaking an emergency closure of the Mertes Slough heron colony beginning May 21, 2014.



The heron colony is located near the Hwy 43/54 bridge between Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.



Maps outlining the affected area will be posted at the Mertes Slough Boat Landing and are available at the Refuge office. The boundary of the 57 acre area closed to entry will be posted with signs in the field.



Winona District Assistant Manager Curt McMurl said the closure is being undertaken to protect the nesting birds during a time when they are highly susceptible to nest abandonment due to human disturbance. High water conditions this spring have created easy access to the colony by boat and increasing the chance of disturbance.



The colony is a unique biological attribute on the refuge and is home to over 800 great blue heron and great egrets during the nesting season.



The closure will remain in effect until July 13, 2014 when most of the young birds will be fledged. Those wishing to view the heron colony may still do so from outside the posted area.



For more information, contact the Winona District Office at 507-454-7351.

Zipper merge can make construction zone traffic flow smoothly

Tue, May 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – When motorists encounter lane restrictions in work zones, they can make the merging traffic go smoother if they know how to use the zipper merge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. In southeastern Minneso ..... 
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Click It or Ticket: Increased seat belt patrols take to Fillmore County May 19-June 1

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

FILLMORE COUNTY, Minn. – Motorists and passengers are reminded of the importance of buckling up as extra Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols take to the roads statewide for two weeks – May 19-June 1. The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, Chatf ..... 
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Keep SAFETY at the top of your spring home improvement project list

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn.– Whether landscaping or planting trees, shrubs or flowers this spring, Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone “safety first” and to call 8-1-1 or click to contact GOPHER STATE ONE CALL before any projects involving digging ..... 
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Minnesota ranks second in U.S. for bicycle-friendly states

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kicking off National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists today announced that Minnesota ranks as the second most bicycle-friendly state in the nation. Minnesota has consistently ranked in the top five since 2008. “Thi ..... 
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Highway 26 construction in Houston County resumes May 5

Wed, May 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Highway 26 between Highway 16 and the Iowa border as crews work to complete a road resurfacing project that started last year. Work is expected to begin on Monday, May 5, weather ..... 
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Temporary Highway 52 detour in Rochester scheduled in one week

Tue, Apr 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – In one week, motorists will encounter a temporary three-day detour on Highway 52 at 55th Street Northwest in Rochester as demolition work takes place on the bridge over the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transp ..... 
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Pay attention! One-in-four crashes blamed on driver distraction

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The chance of getting stopped for thumbs on the phone increased as Minnesota law enforcement agencies across the state focused on distracted driving education and enforcement April 11-20. Nearly 400 Minnesota agencies are added ex ..... 
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Poll shows majority of Minnesotans oppose increased frac sand mining & favor two-year moratorium for SE MN Earth Day frac sand event at the State Capitol

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WINONA, Minn. - Over half of Minnesota voters oppose increased frac sand mining in the state, and 64 percent support a two-year moratorium in the karst areas of southeastern Minnesota while potential environmental impacts are more fully assessed and ..... 
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