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The Latest: 1 dead, others injured in Wisconsin pileup

February 24, 2019
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Pat Lundquist works at clearing the sidewalk all the way to the street Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, near his house in Rochester, Minn., after heavy snow overnight. ( Joe Ahlquist/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on blizzard sweeping across Upper Midwest: (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Authorities say one person is dead and several others injured after a pileup on an interstate in east-central Wisconsin.

The crash happened Sunday amid whiteout conditions on southbound Interstate 41 near Neenah. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office confirms one fatality and says several other injured people have been taken to hospitals.

WBAY-TV reports Neenah police said buses were being used to get people off the highway and to safe locations.

The highway remains closed in that area. Authorities are asking drivers to avoid the area.

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11:50 a.m.

North Dakota transportation officials have closed Interstate 29 in both the northbound and southbound lanes from Grand Forks to the Canadian border because of blowing snow.

The state Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol said late Sunday morning the blowing snow is creating icy road conditions, areas of zero visibility and life-threatening driving conditions.

Snow drifts at underpasses are making the road impassable.

A no-travel advisory remains in effect for northeastern North Dakota, including the cities of Grand Forks, Drayton, Pembina and Cavalier. Southeastern and north-central North Dakota are under a travel alert due to slippery roads and reduced visibility. Cities included in the travel alert are Fargo, Jamestown and Devils Lake.

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10:10 a.m.

The Minnesota National Guard and sheriff’s deputies are rescuing people stranded by a blizzard in southern Minnesota.

Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the Guard rescued 30 people in southeastern Freeborn County on Saturday night. Sheriff’s deputies rescued an additional 20 people.

Gov. Tim Walz declared a state of emergency and ordered the Guard to help stranded motorists in Freeborn and Steele counties.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says Interstate 35 is closed from Owatonna to the Iowa border and Interstate 90 is closed from Dexter in Mower County west, due to poor driving conditions with blowing and drifting snow.

Most highways in southeastern Minnesota are under a no-travel advisory.

In North Dakota, a no-travel advisory is out for the south-central portion of the state due to blowing snow.