- - Sunday, January 22, 2012

MINNESOTA

Freezing rain starting to affect Midwest roads

MINNEAPOLIS — Freezing drizzle and rain, which is expected to change over into snow that could continue Monday, made roads slick across portions of the Upper Midwest.

The National Weather Service has updated its winter weather advisories to cover most of Minnesota and South Dakota, nearly all of Wisconsin and large parts of North Dakota and Iowa.


In southeastern Minnesota, Rochester police responded to more than 70 crashes. In northwestern Minnesota, four people were injured in a crash on Interstate 94 while a woman was injured when a car slid into a parked fire truck. But nobody was hurt when an SUV slid into a snowplow on U.S. Route 2.

Authorities closed Interstate 43 in both directions near Green Bay, Wis., for more than two hours because of multiple crashes.

ALASKA

Russian tanker departs after refueling Nome

ANCHORAGE — A Russian tanker that brought fuel to an iced-in Alaska town is heading back to open water - once it gets through miles of sea ice.

Coast Guard spokesman Adam De Rocher said its icebreaker, Healy, and tanker Renda were about 100 miles south of Nome on Sunday. He said they left the town on Alaska’s western coast on Friday.

The icebreaker led the Renda to Nome by cutting a path through Bering Sea ice, allowing the delivery of 1.3 million gallons of fuel. Nome would have run out by spring after a November storm prevented its last prewinter fuel delivery.

Once the Renda reaches open water, it will head for Russia. The Healy will go to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to drop off supplies before heading home to Seattle.

MISSOURI

Bonnie and Clyde guns fetch $210,000 at auction

KANSAS CITY — Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at an auction in Kansas City.

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