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MnDOT, snowplow crews gear up for winter weather


Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s snowplow operators are trained, experienced and prepared for another winter weather season.

“MnDOT has the equipment, technology and know-how to continue to provide first-rate service and performance,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “But we count on motorists to do their part in helping us keep the roads as safe as they can be by giving our plows room to work.”

Last year in Minnesota, 21 crashes took place between vehicles and snowplows. Crashes usually are caused by inattentive motorists, motorists driving too closely to the plow or by driving too fast for given conditions.

Plow operators have much to monitor and control while on duty, and their ability to see behind them is limited. Their vision also can be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plowing.

“Each of us need to reeducate ourselves for winter driving, which means increased awareness, reduced distractions and greater care and patience when traveling from point A to point B,” Zelle said. “We need to remember that the plows’ sole purpose is to make the roads as clear and passable as they can be—and as quickly as possible.”

Safe winter driving means:

•Checking road conditions at www.511mn.org or dialing 5-1-1 before heading out

•Being patient and remembering that snowplows are present for motorists’ benefit

•Staying back at least five car lengths behind plows. Plow operators pull over when safe to do so to allow any built-up traffic to pass.

•Staying alert for snowplows that may turn or exit with little warning. Plows also travel over roadway center lines, or partially in traffic, to further improve road conditions.

•Slowing down to a safe speed and driving for conditions, allowing for plenty of travel time. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

•Buckling up and ensuring that kids are properly seated and in the right type of car seat

•Avoiding unnecessary travel if road conditions are poor or hazardous

For additional information, visit www.mndot.gov/workzone or follow #mnstorm on Twitter.

'A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose'

Wed, Oct 30th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rob Hogg to present Luther College guest lecture Nov. 14 DECORAH, Iowa – Rob Hogg, state senator from Iowa, will present a Luther College guest lecture, "A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in ..... 
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Visit the natural playground

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

In the day and age of television, computers, and video games there is a Natural Playground a short drive away that will stir your child’s imagination in a new way. The Houston Nature Center, in Houston, Minn., has long been a favorite for families ..... 
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Soil health: building a resilient landscape

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Commentary from the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors: Travis Willford, Harmony Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Pamela Mensink, Preston Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley Summer and fall 2012: dro ..... 
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Blaze orange safety requirement reduces hunting accidents

Mon, Oct 7th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

With Minnesota’s small game hunting season underway and the firearm deer season set to begin Nov. 9, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says making a blaze orange fashion statement this fall might not get you on the best-dressed ..... 
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Highlights of 2013 Trout Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The 2013 Trout Rendezvous, held at the Preston Trailhead Park, was a time for trout enthusiasts to gather and participate in a number of trout related activities. The event was sponsored by the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter and the National Trout ..... 
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Comprehensive Review of Minnesota Frac Sand Mining Requested

Tue, Sep 17th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

No Permits to be Issued Until Analysis is Complete John Michaelson ST. PAUL, Minn. - Residents of southeast Minnesota are pushing for a comprehensive review of the possible impacts of what would be one of the largest frack sand mining operation ..... 
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2014 annual Trout Fishing Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The public is invited to join in on some fishing fun at the Preston Trailhead Park on Saturday, September 14. The National Trout Center and the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter are co-sponsoring the event which offers a variety of afternoon outdoor ..... 
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Accessing clean water funds for your conservation projects

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

On September 3, 2013, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced that local governments can apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities. The grant application period is open until October 4, 2013. ..... 
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