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News Release
March 18, 2013



MnDOT District 6
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MnDOT, State Patrol urge motorists to slow down

Scattered icy spots reported along I-35 corridor

ROCHESTER, Minn. – (5:10 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol advise drivers to slow down along the Interstate 35 corridor in Freeborn, Steele and Rice counties because of scattered icy spots.

I-35 southbound is temporarily closed between Clarks Grove and Geneva due to several vehicles in the ditch.

Visibility is greatly reduced throughout the region and motorists should beware of blowing and drifting snow, scattered slippery areas and compacted snow on roadways.

MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Crews anticipate conditions will improve during the day. Motorists should remember to:


The State Patrol reminds motorists to buckle up and ensure children are properly secured in the correct safety restraint or booster seat.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to

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