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Clearwater County vets highway

Published (2/13/2009)
By Mike Cook
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More than 28 miles of northern Minnesota trunk highway could honor those that have protected America.

Sponsored by Rep. Brita Sailer (DFL-Park Rapids), HF121 was amended and approved Feb. 10 by the House Transportation Finance and Policy Division and sent to the House Finance Committee. A companion, SF451, sponsored by Sen. Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook), awaits action by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“In 1999, Otter Tail County veterans designated a drive that ended in Becker County. In 2006-07, the Becker County veterans replicated and continued this road up to the top of Becker County, the bottom of Clearwater County,” Sailer said. “In the spring of 2007, three veterans organizations in Clearwater County — the Bagley, Clearbrook and Gonvick American Legions — proposed to continue this highway in Clearwater County.”

The proposed “Clearwater County Veterans Memorial Highway” would be about 1.5 miles of Trunk Highway 200 from County State-Aid Highway 39 to its junction with Trunk Highway 92 at Zerkul, and about 27 miles of Trunk Highway 92 from that intersection north to County State-Aid Highway 5 in Clearbrook.

“The Bagley American Legion has the funds to pay for the signs,” Sailer said.

An amendment successfully offered by Rep. Bernie Lieder (DFL-Crookston), would give the Department of Transportation permission to remove a memorial highway sign if it needs maintenance and a reasonable attempt has been made to obtain necessary funds from nonstate sources for repair or replacement.

“Sometimes it happens where in 20, 30 years the people that requested the sign are gone and no one else knows,” he said.

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