1st big storm of season dumps 2 feet of snow on Minnesota

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesotans are shoveling out from the first big snowstorm of the season that dumped up to 2 feet of snow on parts of the state and caused hundreds of crashes.

The National Weather Service in Duluth received a report of 25 inches of snow from Leader and more than 24 inches from Orr.

Heavy snow fell in a band from southwestern Minnesota to the Arrowhead region. An observer near Tower measured 19 inches of snow while 9 inches was reported near Ortonville.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports nearly 450 crashes and about 860 spinouts statewide. At least two deaths happened on icy roads Friday. A 42-year-old man from Fulda died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 59 while a 68-year-old Morton woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 71.

MnDOT has lifted no-travel advisories for southwestern Minnesota but says there are still some slippery spots.

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