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Rural roads can hold surprises while ground is frozen

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is warning drivers to be extremely careful as weather conditions change in the northwest area of the state, causing road conditions to vary also.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is warning drivers to be extremely careful as weather conditions change in the northwest area of the state, causing road conditions to vary also.

The recent heavy snowstorms followed by warm temperatures have caused water to seep over the roads in some areas. Frozen culverts have also contributed to inadequate drainage in some ditches.

MnDOT maintenance crews have put warning signs out in the following areas in Hubbard County:

n State Highway 87 west of state Highway 64 and

n State Highway 200 near Laporte.

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Hubbard County Public Works Coordinator David Olsonawksi reported no county roads have been closed to date.

"We got everything flagged and barricaded over the last four days," he said Thursday. "There's no reason for people to get excited. They know which roads are bad."

With new snowfall expected to be from 3-8 inches in areas, MnDOT urges drivers to continue to exercise the following safe driving practices:

n Slow down and be prepared for slippery roads.

n Keep your headlights on for visibility.

n Keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles.

n Turn off your cruise control.

n Plan ahead; give yourself more time to get to your destination.

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n Be patient and keep focused on using safe driving skills.

n If conditions are not safe for traveling, then don't.

For statewide road condition information, dial 511 or log unto www.511mn.org .

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