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Township road becomes first victim of Winter 2012

January 10, 2012

The Barnes County Highway Department closed 28th Street southeast this week as underground springs and unpredictable temperatures have created a thick sheet of wet ice east and uphill from County Road 19.

The glacier in question creeps over a steep section of road and into an unprotected ravine, threatening to take motorists with it. The deep roadside ditch plummets approximately 100 feet down near the John Froelich farm south of Lake Ashtabula.

At this time last year, several roads in the county were closed due to heavy snow. With nearly a complete absence of snow this year, roads have been remarkably clear and in good shape. During his report at the last Barnes County Commission meeting, Highway Superintendent Kerry Johnson joked that the snow removal workers who plow the roads were doing a "heck of a job."

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