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News Release
October 4, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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Prescribed burns scheduled near Rochester Oct. 4  


ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists may see smoke from prescribed burns along Interstate 90 at the Marion Rest Area near Rochester, Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Trained prescribed burn crews monitor these burns, which promote native prairie vegetation growth and control weeds and brush. 
Traffic should not be affected, and I-90 and the Marion Rest Area will remain open during the burns.

The burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. 

Native prairie vegetation is planted along highway right of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayers’ money. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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