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Pequot Lakes: Highway 371 expansion 'on schedule'

The Pequot Lakes City Council received an update on the Highway 371 expansion project during its regular meeting Tuesday, May 3. Construction manager Randy Shoen and project manager Dave Domm of Mathiowetz Construction were joined by Minnesota De...

The Pequot Lakes City Council received an update on the Highway 371 expansion project during its regular meeting Tuesday, May 3.

Construction manager Randy Shoen and project manager Dave Domm of Mathiowetz Construction were joined by Minnesota Department of Transportation project manager Tony Hughes to inform the council that the project is basically on schedule. They are informing drivers of traffic changes on Derksen Road and County Road 11 in Pequot Lakes, and are set to begin work there May 18.

"We may be lagging a little bit on the design end and getting things approved," Shoen said. "We would like to be a little ahead there, but as far as construction, we were always shooting to close (County Road) 11 around the 15th of May and we are about there."

They are waiting to impact traffic on County Road 11, however, until after the opening weekend of the fishing season, seeing no reason to close the road on a Friday.

Shoen told the council that residents can expect a lot more construction in the northern part of Pequot Lakes in the coming days, as well as near County Road 29 south of town.

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The council unanimously agreed to allow construction workers onto a portion of city property south of Derksen Road for minimal ditch grading.

In other action May 3, the council:

• Supported the Sibley Lake Park Shoreline Restoration Project for the removal of steps and vegetation rehabilitation.

• Agreed to discontinue the monthly staff "Pequot Points" reports, calling them a "duplicate of work."

"None of the people who have to write Pequot Points to us like it," Mayor Dave Sjoblad said. "It takes a lot of time. Is it useful? I am thinking it would be a real gift to department heads if they didn't have to do that every month."

• Agreed to name a previously unnamed portion of city street Langenbau Road.

• Moved to make a partial payment of $125,664.57 for the wastewater treatment facility row irrigation project.

• Waived the $100 land use fee for the Friends of the Pequot Lakes Library to pave the parking lot next to the library.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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