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I-495 Bridge Closed Indefinitely Over Christina  River in WIlmington
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Major I-35W Closure To Affect Metro Traffic This Weekend

Bridge removal, paving, and general maintenance will completely close a major stretch of I-35W in the Twin Cities Metro this weekend - forcing drivers to take alternate routes. The close will occur on the stretch of I-35W that runs between Burnsville and Bloomington - specifically between I-35E and I-494.

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Have You Seen These Minnesota-Shaped Groves of Trees on Google Maps?

You see a lot of weird and interesting stuff on Google Earth and Google Street View. Things like weird shapes or symbols, or even a passenger jet that appeared to be at the bottom of a Minnesota Lake are among them. While some of those images are creepy or raise questions, this is just cool.

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MNDOT Unveils Roundabout Plans For I-35/Highway 33 Intersection Near Cloquet

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has big plans to improve the safety of a problematic intersection in the Northland and our area is about to see a major roundabout.  MNDOT has announced plans to install a roundabout at the intersection of I-35 and Highway 33 in Cloquet.

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Lincoln Park’s Place To Play Program Receives $50,000 Grant From Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund

Duluth will be sporting a better place for kids to play - thanks to grant money from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund!  Representatives from the organization handed over the check during a reception yesterday (June 27) in Duluth.

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The Weinstein Company And Netflix Golden Globe Party, Presented With FIJI Water, Grey Goose Vodka, Lindt Chocolate, And Moroccanoil - Inside
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St. Louis County Approves Sunday Liquor Sales

St. Louis County residents who are party planning for the 4th of July weekend will be able to skip the Sunday drive to Wisconsin to restock on liquor;  a vote by the St. Louis County Board to change the liquor license ordinance to allow Sunday off-sales happened at June 27 meeting.  With the implemented changes, businesses that offer off-sale (and hold a county-issued liquor license) will be able to do so on Sunday's between the hours of 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

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Blatnik Bridge To See 3 Week Inspection – July 10-July 27

One of the sure signs of summer in the Northland:  Orange cones!  Drivers who use the Blatnik Bridge can expect to see a lot of them - three weeks worth - in July.

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St Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild - Game Five
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Minnesota Wild Players Try Out Their Loon Calls [Video]

What's more "Minnesota" than hockey?  And, what's more "Minnesota" than the sound of a loon?  What if you combined both of those things to make a video that's going viral?

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St Louis County
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St Louis County Launches Improved Adopt A Highway Program

For the last couple of decades, drivers have come to recognize the Adopt-A-Highway signs that populate our roadways and recognize the good work that they showcase.  Now, St. Louis County is getting ready to revamp its program.

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I-35 Bridge Maintenance Starts June 26

Heads up for drivers who use I-35:  Crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be doing routine bridge maintenance next week that might affect your commute.

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MNDOT Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Station Signs On I-94

Minnesota drivers will start to see signs alerting them to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations along I-94.  Work crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation started installing the signs along the corridor that runs north of St. Cloud as part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act that was enacted in 2016.

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City Of Duluth Road Crews Want You To Slow Down In Construction Zones

It's no secret that we're in the summer road construction season.  And whether that project is on a highway with orange cones stretching for 20 miles or on a city street corner with single sign, the law mandates that you slow down;  common sense mandates that you be observant and extra-cautious.

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Iowa Sets The Stage For Nation's First Vote In Upcoming Presidential Election
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June Brings Second Peak For Deer-Vehicle Crashes

Living in the Northland, we're pretty trained to be on the lookout for deer alongside the highways.  And while those deer make their appearances usually during the fall season, June brings a secondary-peak in the total number of deer-vehicle crashes.

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