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News Release
March 20, 2013



MnDOT District 6
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Rochester, MN 55901


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MnDOT, State Patrol urge motorists to slow down

Scattered icy spots reported in southeastern Minn.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – (4:55 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol advise drivers to slow down during their evening commute and throughout tonight because of scattered icy spots in Dodge, Freeborn, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice and Steele counties.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Crews anticipate conditions will improve Thursday morning. 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.