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Few traffic incidents despire icy road conditons

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Minnesota State Patrol reported a relatively quiet Thanksgiving night despite winter weather warnings in northern Minnesota. Roads were icy overnight throughout the region, but state patrol said accidents reported on Friday were minor; limited mostly to vehicles ending up in the ditch. No injuries were reported.

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Three separate accidents were reported in Baxter. According the Baxter Police Department, the first accident occurred just after 7 p.m. Thursday when a vehicle got stuck on the center median at Design Drive and Highway 371. Shortly after, a second accident was reported at Edgewood Drive and Excelsior Road. The driver reported that he slid into the stop sign at the Holiday gas station. The sign and vehicle were damaged. There where no injuries reported in either incident.

A two-vehicle collision was reported at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday in Baxter at the intersection of Glory Road and Highway 371. The occupants of one of the vehicles in the collision reported minor injures.

No accidents were reported in the city of Brainerd or to the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department on Friday morning.

The state patrol said that, while roads were beginning to thaw out, drivers should continue to take extra precaution.

After balmy weather for most of Thanksgiving day, parts of Minnesota are seeing temperatures drop as much as 30 degrees.

A KSTP-TV report says temperatures that started in the 60s Thursday dipped into the 30s by late afternoon. Rain, sleet and snow have begun falling in parts of the metro.

The State Patrol says areas in the northwest, central and west-central parts of the state are seeing slippery spots and blowing snow. Drivers are being cautioned to watch for icy spots on bridges and overpasses.

Troopers responded to a number of vehicles that slid off the roadway on I-94 near Fergus Falls.

A Minnesota State Patrol trooper suffered minor injuries when his vehicle was hit as he was helping drivers in central Minnesota.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says the trooper was helping with vehicles that went off the road on U.S. Highway 10, north of Sauk Rapids, on Friday morning when his squad car was hit.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported 186 crashes, including 45 rollovers, as of Friday morning. Another 244 vehicles slid off the road and needed to be towed. There were nearly 30 minor injuries and no fatalities reported.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

SARAH NELSON KATZENBERGER may be reached at sarah.nelsonkatzenberger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5879.

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