DNR asks citizens to give turtles a brake
Each year at this time, many female turtles move from lakes, ponds, wetlands, rivers and streams to nesting areas, where they deposit their eggs in self-excavated nests. Unfortunately, many nesting areas are separated from the turtles' wintering areas by roads. As a result, turtles are often observed crossing roads as they make their way to nesting areas, and are killed by motorists. The DNR said if you see a turtle or other animal on the road, you should slow down and drive around it.
Minnesota has nine turtle species, some of which are protected.