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Posted on: December 7, 2021

Heed These Annual Winter Reminders

Snow and ice bring on a different set of written and unwritten rules in Minnesota, and residents are asked to follow them all to keep roads and the community safer.


Parking is prohibited on public streets and alleys Nov 1–March 31 from 2–6 am daily and after a snowfall of at least 2 inches. Parking may not resume until snow has stopped accumulating and the street or alley has been plowed curb to curb. To request a temporary exemption from the winter parking ordinance, visit

Plowing and De-Icing

To keep traffic moving, crews first plow streets that connect neighborhoods to State and County roads. Plowing stops if strong winds result in unsafe conditions. For ice, priority areas are treated first, including intersections with high traffic volumes, school and pedestrian crossings, and other areas deemed hazardous by public works or police.

Plow drivers also ask residents to steer clear of trucks while plowing. Plows travel slower than other vehicles. Reduce your speed and try to stay at least 100 feet away from all plows. Also, plows travel slower than other vehicles. Reduce your speed and try to stay at least 100 feet away from all plows.

Fire Hydrant Clearing

While shoveling your driveway, take an extra few minutes to clear a 3-foot radius around the hydrant after each snowfall. This will help reduce the time it takes firefighters to hook up hoses if a fire occurs in your neighborhood.

Private Property Snow Removal

Minnesota State Statute (169.42) and City Code (Section 24-24) prohibit relocating snow and ice from private property (including driveways and parking lots) to a roadway, sidewalk, or adjacent property.

Waste Containers

If it snows on collection day, keep your bins 2 feet behind the curb or sidewalk.

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