COPY-At least 2 die in crashes as storm hits Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- At least two people have died in crashes on icy roads as the first blast of wintry weather hits Minnesota. The State Patrol says in south-central Minnesota, a car driver was killed after losing control and colliding with a semi-truck. In a separate accident, the Carver County sheriff's office says a driver died after a vehicle went into the ditch southwest of Minneapolis. Troopers handled 475 crashes and more than 700 spinouts statewide as of 7 p.m. Monday. The National Weather Service says as early evening, 16.5 inches of snow was reported in Cambridge and St. Augusta, 15 inches in Starbuck, 13 inches in Kimball and 12.5 inches in North Branch. Some school districts decided to cancel classes Monday, including St. Cloud Area Schools, Albany, Sauk Rapids-Rice and Sartell.
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