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Flood waters cover highway near Laporte, slowing travel
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

LAPORTE - Travel speeds are reduced east of Laporte due to spring flooding.

Highway 200, between Hubbard County roads 45 and 30, is marked with flashers. Also posted is a temporary speed reduction.

"Melting snow is causing water to collect on the road surface, which then freezes overnight causing unexpected slippery conditions," according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

In addition, updated road conditions can be checked by calling 511 or clicking on With warmer temperatures expected, motorists are encouraged to check road conditions in any area of the state where potential flooding conditions exist. For weather and flood warnings, go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Web site or listen to NOAA weather radio or local radio stations.

Steve Wagner

Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.

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