Thursday, June 16, 2016

Open house for Highway 200 project near Mahnomen set for June 24

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.— The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host an open house on June 24 for residents to learn more about this summer's Highway 200 project from Mahnomen to Roy Lake.

The public meeting will take place Friday, June 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the White Earth Tribal and Community College, 2250 College Road, Mahnomen, Minn.

Information on the project timeline, detour and anticipated traffic impacts will be available. There will not be a formal presentation, but representatives from MnDOT and the project contractor will be on hand to answer questions.

The Highway 200 project is tentatively set to begin July 11. 

Crews will resurface the highway between Mahnomen and Roy Lake and raise the road grade in several areas susceptible to flooding.

For approximately one month, Highway 200 will detour to Mahnomen County Road 3, Highway 113 and Clearwater County Road 39.

More information is available on the project website,

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You also may send an email to Please request at least one week in advance, if possible.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Storm sewer repair project begins June 20 across NW MN

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists can expect brief delays and lane closures on highways around northwestern Minnesota beginning Monday, June 20, as crews repair storm sewer catch basins that will extend the life of the highway surface.

The preventative maintenance will take place in multiple locations along the following highways: 

·         Akeley – Highway 34, Hulet Avenue SW to Pleasant Avenue SE
·         Argyle – Highway 75, Second Street to Fifth Street
·         Blackduck – Highway 71, intersection with Main Street N
·         Bemidji – Highway 197, 13th Street NW to Norton Avenue NW
·         Clearbrook – Highway 92, Fourth Avenue SW to First Avenue SW
·         East Grand Forks – Highway 2B, Third Ave NE to River Street
·         Grygla – Highway 89, Marshall Avenue to Sixth Avenue
·         Lake George – Highway 71, intersection with Hubbard County Road 4
·         Northome Highway 1, Main Street to Minnesota Street
·         Park Rapids – Highway 71, Eighth Street W to Main Avenue N
·         Red Lake Falls – Highway 32, Dow Avenue SE to Bottineau Avenue NE
·         Walker – Highway 371, Tianna Drive to Michigan Ave and Elm Avenue south 1200 feet
·         Warroad – Highway 11, intersection with Highway 313 to Roseau County Road 5

Motorists should plan for shoulder and/or lane closures in the area where crews are working. Crews will work during daylight hours and once complete at one location, they will move on to the next section.

Hydro-Klean is the contractor for the $516,000 project. It is expected to last through September, weather permitting.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Town Hall Meetings in June

Representative Deb Kiel (District 1B) and Representative Steve Green (District 2B) are hosting a number of town hall meetings in June, updating constituents on law changes and other happenings of the 2016 legislative session, and gathering input and answering questions about issues important to the area.

Rep. Kiel’s Town hall meetings will be held:

Crookston: Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 10:00 AM at the Irishman's Shanty (1501 South Main Street)
East Grand Forks: Monday, June 6, 2016, at 5:00 PM at East Grand Forks City Hall (600 Demers Ave)
Fertile: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at 5:30 PM at Erickson's Smokehouse (605 S Mill Street)
Oklee: Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 12:00 PM at Oklee Café (301 Main Street)
Brooks: Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 5:00 PM at the Brooks Community Center (200 Main Street)
Red Lake Falls: Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 7:00 PM at City Hall (108 2nd Street SW)
Fosston: Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 12:30 PM at the Embassy Community Center (603 3rd St NE) with

Representative Steve Green’s Town Hall Meetings:

Park Rapids: Friday, June 3, 2016, at 10:00 AM at West Forty Restaurant (906 1st St W)
Menahga: Friday, June 3, 2016, at 12:00 PM at Cottage House Café (119 Main St. NE)
Frazee: Friday, June 3, 2016, at 2:30 PM at Palace Café (111 E Main Ave)
Mahnomen: Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 10:00 AM at Red Apple Café (116 N Main St)
Callaway: Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 12:00 PM at Callaway City Hall (321 Main Ave)
Bagley: Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 10:30 AM at D&R Café (27 Central St W)  with Representative Dave Hancock
Fosston: Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 12:30 PM at Embassy Community Center (603 3rd St NE)