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Associated Press, Published April 16 2010

Road, trail closures lifted in many Minnesota forests

ST. PAUL (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources has lifted many — but not all — of its road and trail closures in Minnesota state forests.

The roads and trails were temporarily closed to motor vehicles this spring. Mary Straka of the Division of Parks and Trails says that until the frost comes out of the ground, the soil stays soft and may be susceptible to damage — even if vegetation is dry and burn restrictions are in effect.

Closure reports are listed on the DNR Web site, http://www.mndnr.gov. They're updated by 2 p.m. Thursdays and more often when possible. The DNR also posts closure signs at state forest entry points and parking lots.

Updates are also available by phone at 651-296-6157 or toll-free at 888-MINNDNR (646-6367).

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On the Net:

DNR Trail Conditions: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/trailconditions/index.html

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