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Jim Stoderl was out clearing paths for businesses along Main Street on Monday. He said he'd be busy snowblowing for most of the day, and would be heading into residential areas after finishing up the retail sector. Marie Nitke/FOCUS

Flurry of activity: People and plows are out and about after yesterday's blizzard

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The Perham area was pummeled with well over 12 inches of snow on Sunday, keeping many people snowed in at home and leading to school cancellations in Perham, New York Mills and throughout the region.

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Monday night's school band concert was postponed to a later date, and the Perham Area Library delayed opening until noon.

Roads, including stretches of Highway 10, 210 and Interstate 94, were closed for part of Sunday and overnight into Monday morning. A no travel advisory remained in effect for west central Minnesota into Monday afternoon. The Minnesota Department of Transportation was reporting very difficult driving conditions due to scattered icy sections, drifting from strong winds and compacted snow.

A winter storm warning remained in effect in East Otter Tail County until noon Monday.

Several vehicles were spotted in ditches on the outskirts of town, and there were unofficial reports of friendly helpers out pushing and towing others out of a jam.

The Perham Police Department said there were many vehicles in the ditch during the storm, but no accidents were reported.

About a dozen snow emergency parking tickets were given out in town - a notable improvement over the 39 tickets mailed out after the last big snow storm.

Around town on Monday morning, plows were busily clearing the streets and many people were out with their snowblowers and shovels, digging out their driveways and clearing paths to their homes and businesses. It was backbreaking work for some, who had to dig through thigh-high snow drifts.

For updated information on road conditions, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

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