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Pequot Lakes: Highway 371 through town to be renamed Patriot Avenue - Council renames other roads

Rather than have several Old Highway 371 street names in the city, the Pequot Lakes City Council agreed Tuesday, April 5, to rename several streets affected by the Highway 371 four-lane expansion.

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Rather than have several Old Highway 371 street names in the city, the Pequot Lakes City Council agreed Tuesday, April 5, to rename several streets affected by the Highway 371 four-lane expansion. Pineandlakes.com Illustration

Rather than have several Old Highway 371 street names in the city, the Pequot Lakes City Council agreed Tuesday, April 5, to rename several streets affected by the Highway 371 four-lane expansion.

The city will take over the current two-lane Highway 371 through downtown Pequot Lakes, and it will become Patriot Avenue, named after the school's mascot - the Patriots.

Following are street names approved April 5:

• Patriot Avenue: Existing Highway 371 from County Road (CR) 168 to the new extension of County Road 17.

• Main Street: CR 11 west of the new alignment.

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• Knotty Pine Road: Access road to Benvelle and ponds from CR 11.

• Rasmussen Road: Old Highway 371 from the intersection with Derksen Road north to the new extension of CR 17, including the CR 112 turnback. Named after a family that started farming in that area in 1903.

• Peterson Path: New Timberjack Smokehouse and Saloon frontage road south from CR 168.

• Olson Road: From the new intersection with Highway 371 north to Olson Road.

• Pow Wow Point: From the new intersection of Highway 371 south.

New road names won't take affect until around 2018, when the four-lane project is complete.

Street work

The council accepted the low bid from Anderson Brothers Construction Co. of Brainerd for $92,616 for Pequot Boulevard improvements. The council also approved the construction phase engineering services proposal from Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm for the Pequot Boulevard project for an estimated $19,200, on a 3-2 vote.

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Council member Randy Loukota voiced a concern over the cost of the project when adding together the construction and engineering costs. City engineer Tim Houle with WSN said bituminous prices are high right now, but they could review the engineering proposal if the council wanted.

Houle said the $19,000 is for construction observation, construction staking and construction administration. Council member Scott Pederson noted this is a one-month project.

Loukota and Pederson voted against the proposal. Houle said he could further explain the proposal.

The council approved a change order from Anderson Brothers to include an overlay of West Sibley Street for $45,034 to be paid from the Roads and Streets capital outlay budget.

And the council authorized repair and maintenance of city streets as deemed necessary by the public works supervisor using $45,889 in Small Cities Assistance Aid from the state. State law requires this aid be used for construction and maintenance of roads within the city.

Repairs will include crack filling, pothole repairs and shouldering as well as curb and gutter repairs along Front and Main streets. Curb and gutter repairs would be eligible for the 50-50 cost share plan with Crow Wing County.

Public safety

Firefighters responded to four calls in February: carbon monoxide detector going off, gas leak in Pequot Lakes; RIT team for mutual aid structure in Crosslake; good intent fire alarm in Breezy Point; and passenger car fire in Pequot Lakes.

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Firefighters had five calls in March, all in Pequot Lakes: dumpster fire, good intent carbon monoxide detector, good intent sawdust pile smoking, power pole fire and good intent carbon monoxide detector going off.

In other business April 5, the council:

• Amended the land use ordinance regarding extractive uses.

• Appointed Amy Sjoblad, branch manager for Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, to the Economic Development Commission for a three-year term. Major Dave Sjoblad abstained from voting.

• Acknowledged the successful completion of probationary periods of Deb Marty as deputy city clerk and Nancy Malecha as city administrator/clerk and pay raises for both.

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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