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Icy roads prompt warning to motorists in Bemidji area, northwest Minnesota
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI - The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued an advisory to travelers in northwest Minnesota due to icy roads.

In a news release, travelers are urges to be "extremely cautious" today due to light freezing rain and snow.


Motorists should remember to:

- Drive slowly on bridges, overpasses and tunnels.

- Use a safe speed for winter driving conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit.

- Keep a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you.

- Keep both hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the road and attention on your driving.

- Give the snowplow operators plenty of room to work. 

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to

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

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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