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Midwest storm claims at least 2 lives

MINNEAPOLIS — At least two people have been killed in highway crashes linked to a big storm that has dumped up to 16 inches of snow in the Upper Midwest.

Some parts of Minneapolis-St. Paul had 14 inches. Last year, the heaviest snow in the area was 4.2 inches.

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Slippery roads from Minnesota to Oklahoma caused hundreds of accidents.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported more than 600 crashes by Monday morning, and at least 1,140 spinouts. One person was killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer near Red Wing.

Authorities in southern Oklahoma said a Dallas man was killed Monday when he lost control of his SUV on an icy bridge on Interstate 35.

Authorities in Kansas said freezing overnight temperatures may have contributed to the death of a 30-year-old woman whose body was found in a field. And a Twin Cities TV station reported that a middle school teacher died while shoveling snow at his home Sunday.

To prevent a repeat of the 2010 Metrodome roof collapse, stadium officials turned up the heat to melt the snow.

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