Interstate closed

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 12, 2006

Interstate 35 was closed starting this morning starting at about 6 a.m. this morning, because traffic was backed up four to five miles by Clarks Grove. Roads were slippery throughout Freeborn County after a light snow fall last night and freezing temperatures early this morning.

Problems started when vehicles reached the big hill on Interstate 35 near Clarks Grove. Vehicles couldn&8217;t get enough traction and weren&8217;t slowing down.

Sanding trucks were out trying to remedy the situation, but things will be fine once the sun comes out. &8220;They usually clear off by 8 a.m.&8221; said Albert Lea Police Chief Dwaine Winkels.

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There were numerous cars in the ditch from sliding off the road and a few roll-overs but no known injuries as of 8:30 a.m.

There were no known accidents known on county roads yet, according to police reports.

&8220;People forgot it was Minnesota,&8221; said Winkels.

Break-in reported

At 8:21 p.m.

Wednesday, Paula Conroy reported a break-in at 82925 310 St. in Ellendale. She came home a few days before after being away and noticed basement windows were unlocked and there were muddy footprints on the floor. A few days ago, her brother-in-law saw a vehicle pull into the driveway and when they saw him, took off really fast. Conroy also reported seeing a vehicle doing the same when they noticed someone was home. She was unable to get a description of the vehicle, but thought it was a truck. They hadn&8217;t noticed anything missing yet, according to police reports.

DWI arrests

At 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, Judith McKinnon, 63, was arrested for third degree DWI at the intersection of West Front Streetand Third Avenue South, according to police reports.

Joseph Bruce, 47, was arrested for DWI at 12:39 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of County Road 46 and Interstate 35, according to police reports.