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Minnesota to Pay Farmers for Leaving Corn Stalks

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Minnesota officials are offering to pay farmers who leave corn stalks standing along highways this winter to help keep snow from drifting.

Buckle Up – Extra Seat Belt Enforcement Begins

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Drivers, remember to buckle up! Extra seat belt enforcement begins this weekend as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign.

Nearly 400 law enforcement agencies around the state will be focusing on seat belt violations during the initiative, which runs from Oct. 10-26. It’s coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.

Winona Bridge Groundbreaking Ceremony

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Crews ceremonially broke ground on the Winona Bridge crossing the Mississippi River.

Northstar Service to Restart this Weekend after Freight Train Derails in Ramsey

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A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train with about 16 empty cars derailed Friday in Ramsey.

Because of the derailment, the Northstar commuter rail service was canceled between Big Lake and Ramsey. The two lines use the same tracks.

Construction Slows Traffic for Memorial Day Weekend

Traffic was backed up on I-94 in Monticello. - Photo: MnDOT Traffic Cam

Minnesotans are getting ready to hit the road this weekend, but roads are backed up due to construction.

Both east and westbound lanes of Interstate 94 in Monticello closed Thursday night between County Road 18 and Highway 25. The portion of I-94 was reduced to one lane after a pavement failure around 1 p.m. Friday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

308 Road Construction Projects Planned in 2014

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says crews will undertake 308 road construction projects in 2014.
The $1.1 billion program includes 74 projects in the Twin Cities and 194 projects in Greater Minnesota. Those include bridge replacements on Highway 100 in St. Louis Park and street reconstruction in downtown Alexandria.

Small Area of Freezing Rain, Sleet Makes for Slick Spots

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A small area of freezing rain and mist along with a bit of sleet moved through the Twin Cities metro Friday morning.

After a mild day on Thursday with lots of melting, we are about to undergo a bit of a cool down, Ken says. Northwesterly winds on Friday afternoon and evening will slowly drop the temperatures back into familiar territory -- the single numbers.