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Sunshine Ushers in Memorial Day Weekend; More Americans Start Holiday with a Getaway

Updated: 05/23/2014 4:08 PM
Created: 05/23/2014 5:00 PM WDIO.com

Sunshine and warm temperatures - what a way to start the Memorial Day weekend in the Twin Ports!

Mike Lund, who is driving from the Twin Cities up the North Shore, said he's got a week off from work. "I'm going to stay up on the Arrowhead as long as I can stand it...fishing mainly, and hanging out at the campsite. There are some hiking trails and great bluffs," he said.

Lund wouldn't tell us which lake he'll be fishing on, and said "it's a secret."

It's a big travel weekend for the entire nation, with Triple A projecting that 36.1 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home. The agency said that figure is a new post-recession Memorial Day holiday travel volume high.

More cars on the road, means more crashes, according to Captain Steve Stromback with the Minnesota State Patrol. Until June 1, there will be more law enforcement on the roads as part of a Click-it-or-Ticket campaign.

"Wearing your seatbelt, if you are involved in a crash, is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your level of injury or not be killed," Stromback told us.

There's some good news if you're headed on a road trip - average gas prices in Duluth are about 80 cents less than this time last year, according to Triple A.

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