I-35 south of Owatonna back open; driving conditions still difficult

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I-35 is back open south of Owatonna after several crashes prompted MnDOT to shut down the interstate for about three hours Thursday afternoon.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reported I-35 was closed in both directions at Highway 30 in Ellendale, south of Owatonna, around 1 p.m and was reopened around 3:45 p.m.

Driving conditions are still difficult in the area due to limited visibility and icy roads. KTTC says MnDOT is advising no unnecessary travel in the area.

Thursday morning in downtown Duluth, several people were injured after at least 20 cars were involved in a pileup in an I-35 tunnel, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

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