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News Release
February 23, 2013



MnDOT District 2
3920 Highway 2 West
Bemidji, MN, 56601


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Surface water hazard on Hwy 200, east of Laporte


BEMIDJI, Minn.— (8:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation – Northwest District is alerting motorists to a surface water hazard on Highway 200 east of Laporte between Hubbard County Roads 45 and 30.


The moving water over the highway is approximately one to three inches deep which can be hazardous to drivers.


According to Gary Kennedy, MnDOT southeast subarea supervisor, the likely cause is a frozen pipe under the highway which needs to be steamed open.


Although the highway is currently open, motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route if possible.  If the condition worsens, the highway will be closed until further notice.


MnDOT crews are out treating frost and snow covered highways and encourages drivers to:


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For updated information on road conditions, visit or call 511.











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