Stretch of Minnesota highway littered with crashes due to extremely icy conditions

Photos show a glaze of ice on Hwy. 108 in central Minnesota.
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UPDATE 11:30 A.M.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the highway has re-opened but roads remain slick.

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Freezing rain was the cause of a load of accidents on central and northern Minnesota roads Monday morning, and one stretch of highway was completely blocked due to the number of crashes. 

According to Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow, Hwy. 108 between Pelican Rapids and Lake Lida was blocked earlier today due to "extremely icy conditions." 

That's an 8-mile stretch of highway, and if you're unfamiliar with the area, it's located in west-central Minnesota near Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Wadena. 

As of 9:30 a.m., roads were partially (blue) to completely (pink) covered in snow and ice in central and northern parts of the state. 

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According to KBJR meteorologist Jenna Lake, around a tenth of an inch of ice was measured in the Brainerd area, with double that in Duluth.

The winter storm that is now winding down in northeast Minnesota dumped 8-12 inches of snow along the North Shore. 

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