Road closures are making for longer commutes for some travelers around the state.
Highways closed included 75 south of Madison, 99 in St. Peter. 93 in LeSeuer and Henderson, 19 in Henderson, 41 in Carver and Chaska, and 74 in the Elba area. County roads in Renville County around the Minnesota River that are closed include 1, 5, 6 and 12. A number of counties and towns are prepping for flood waters with extra pumps and sandbags including Montevideo, Granite Falls, Dawson, Clara City and others. Rising water on the Minnesota and Lac Qui Parle Rivers, along with Hawk Creek are a big concern.

Earth day is getting closer, April 13th this year. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center west of New London will have a number of events taking place from 8 am to 1 pm.
You’re invited to bring in a water sample for nitrate testing. There’ll be informational booths on wetlands land management and water quality. An “adopt a drain” sign-up, an effort to help keep drains near you open will take place. The annual pancake breakfast will be served from 8-10 am. The used outdoor equipment sale runs from 8-1. Gear donations will be taken right up until the morning of the 13th . Along with all the exhibits and info, live animal programs will be held at 9 and 11 am. The family earth day event will be held on the 13th from 8 am until 1 pm at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.

A reminder from Yellow Medicine County officials, sand bags are available beginning today, in Granite Falls at the county building on west highway 212, and in Canby and the building on fairgrounds road. The bags come filled. For more info, call 320-564-2130.

With winter on the backburner for another season, there are people thinking about how to better prevent icy, snow packed roads in the future. The Iowa Dept. of Transportation has a project underway that might be a solution someday. They are working with specialists at Iowa State University in Ames on heated pavement technology. No word yet on what something like that might cost on freeways and major highways around the state.

Warmer temps around the planet have exposed something a bit different than what we might normally hear about around here. Melting ice and snow on Mt. Everest is exposing, dead bodies. More than 200 have died on Everest since 1922. Removing them has been slow and difficult because of government agency involvement, and the cost, $30,000.00 to $40,000.00 per body. Most of the bodies revealed by the melt are in what’s called Everest’s Death Zone, an area above 26,000 feet.

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