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LITCHFIELD – Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics has implemented visitor restrictions due to the prevalence of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV. The restrictions are being implemented for the safety of patients, staff and the community, according to a release from the hospital. The following restrictions will be in effect until further notice:
LAKE HENRY – Two men were injured in a two-vehicle, T-bone type crash Thursday evening in Stearns County. The accident was reported at 5 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 4 and County Road 32, north Lake Henry.
MONTEVIDEO -- Two people, including a man from Willmar, were injured in a one-vehicle accident Monday morning in Chippewa County. The accident was reported at 10:20 a.m. on state Highway 7 and 80th Avenue Southeast. Road conditions were icy at the time.
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SPICER -- A Spicer teenager was injured Monday morning in a one-car rollover when he lost control of the vehicle on icy roads. An 11-year-old passenger in the car was not injured.
WILLMAR – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning motorists that current rain and freezing drizzle is creating conditions for black ice in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Stearns counties. Black ice is an invisible hazard that catches drivers off-guard and causes crashes. Black ice creates the appearance of a wet surface, but it is actually a thin, clear layer of ice on roads and bridges.
UPDATE: DETROIT LAKES (6:55 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted the no travel advisory on all the state highways in west central Minnesota.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – (11:40 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has enacted a no travel advisory on state and federal highways in portions of west central Minnesota due to dangerous driving conditions. According to MnDOT's statement, the no travel advisory applies to the following highways in Otter Tail, Grant and Douglas counties: · Interstate 94 – Highway 108 to Osakis · Highway 27 – Highway 55 near Hoffman to I-94
WILLMAR -- The railroad crossing arms at the junction of Highway 40 and Highway 7/59 at Milan have been repaired and the roadway is now open to traffic. Earlier Thursday the Minnesota Department of Transportation said the crossing arms were not working properly and that motorists should use alternate routes because it would take the railrod several hours to repair the problem.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking motorists to seek alternate routes on state highways in Milan because of malfunctioning railroad crossing arms. The crossing arms are currently down at the junction of Highway 40 and Highway 7/59 at Milan, according to Sandy Schlagel, public affairs coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Transportation office in Willmar. The railroad is aware of the malfunction and advised it will be about two hours before they can respond, Schlagel said, and motorists should seek alternate routes.