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State forest visitors should check for road, trail closures

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Due to recent heavy rains, and road and bridge construction, many roads and trails in Minnesota's state forests are temporarily closed to vehicle use, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These temporary travel restrictions will remain in effect until conditions improve.

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"Closures can be unpredictable, and may vary in duration from one location to another, so it is important to always check with the DNR first," said Mary Broten of the DNR Trails and Waterways Division.

Current information about temporary road and trail closures is available on the DNR's Web site at www.mndnr.gov or at www.findthetrails.com. Click on "trail closures" and on "temporary state forest road closures" for a current listing of road and trail conditions all across Minnesota.

Travel conditions are updated online by 2 p.m. each Thursday. There are individual state forest links that show which roads and trails are "closed" and which might remain "open" and available to ride. Information about county and federal road and trail travel restrictions is available from the county or national forest office nearest the trail in question.

For more information, or for trail and state forest brochures, contact the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367) from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Friday.

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