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News Release

March 25, 2004

All-terrain vehicle operators reminded to stay out of ditches

Mankato, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators that it is against the law to ride ATVs in ditches along public roadways in Minnesota's agricultural zone between April 1 and August 1.

The law, which has been in effect since the early 1990s, was passed to protect wildlife habitat and to prevent erosion.

Mn/DOT also reminds the public that freeways such as Interstate 90 and the U.S. Highway 14 bypass in Mankato (where there are no at-grade intersections) are prohibited from use by all recreational vehicles year-round.

Mn/DOT, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, will soon be posting signs along the Highway 14 bypass in Mankato that remind recreational operators that use is prohibited in that area.

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District 7, Mankato/Windom
501 S. Victory Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001-5302
Tel: 800/657-3747
Fax: 507/389-6281

Contact:
Rebecca Arndt
Public Affairs Coordinator
507/389-6883