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Pequot Lakes: Council discusses downtown roads

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 21, held a work session to discuss improvements to a quadrant of downtown roads from Old Highway 371 to Government Drive, and County State Aid Highway 11 to Woodman Street.

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The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 21, held a work session to discuss improvements to a quadrant of downtown roads from Old Highway 371 to Government Drive, and County State Aid Highway 11 to Woodman Street.

No decisions were made. City engineer Tim Houle with Widseth Smith Nolting will figure out rough costs based on council members' discussion.

The council sought to identify possible needed improvements to be able to find out what qualifies to be paid for with bonds. Discussion included sewer system infrastructure needs, sidewalks and bike paths, curb and gutter, parking and lighting.

Only council member Jerry Akerson disagreed on the need for sidewalks.

"I think it takes the up north, little town feel that we have right now and throws it right into downtown Minneapolis," he said, adding the city is home to many elderly people who would be responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks.

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Mayor Nancy Adams disagreed. "People want sidewalks," she said.

Regarding lighting, Adams and council member Scott Pederson said decorative lighting is needed on the main thoroughfare if the council wants to make the town look nice.

Council members also wondered about future roundabouts at the CSAH 11 and current Highway 371 intersection when a park goes across the current highway, and at the CSAH 11 and Old Highway 371 intersection.

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Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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