MnDOT closing highways due to storm

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Jan 16, 2014 at 6:09 am

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — Blinding snow has closed at least two highways in northwestern Minnesota where firefighters rescued a stranded motorist.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says Highway 2 was closed from Crookston to East Grand Forks, N.D., as well as Highway 200 between the state line and Highway 75 near Halstad.

Strong wind and heavy snow combined to create whiteout conditions. Authorities advised against traveling.

Two Kennedy firefighters rescued a driver stranded on Highway 11 after he ran off the road and ran out of gas early Thursday. Kittson County Sheriff's jailer Tim Nordine says people risked their lives by going out in the storm to get him.

The National Weather Service issued several blizzard warnings leading up to the storm.

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