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Winsted Summer Fest is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10

WINSTED, MN – Winsted Summer Festival, hosted by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce will feature two days loaded with events for the entire family. Most events will take place at Mill Reserve Park. Two popular features are the fireworks display over the lake, set for 9:30 p.m. Friday, and the grand parade, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night. CLICK HERE for more details.

Pavement preservation project underway in McLeod County

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – A pavement preservation project began today, July 29, on approximately 30 miles of McLeod County roads, according to a release from the McLeod County Highway Department. The project is a combination of seal coating and fog sealing. The project should take about five days. Asphalt Preservation Company of Detroit Lakes was awarded this year’s seal coat project. Value of the work is approximately $600,000. The locations are shown on the attached map. The roads will remain open. Flaggers will be present to help guide traffic; which should expect minor delays. Seal coating is a preventative maintenance activity that involves applying liquid emulsified asphalt to a blacktop surfaced road and covering with aggregate. This process extends the life of the roadway and helps hold off costly reconstruction. Fog sealing involves spraying the road with a thin layer of liquid emulsion (oil). Any questions regarding the project can be directed to Jessie Dehn, Assistant County Engineer at 320.484.4321 or Project specific information will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages; username is “McLeodCoHwy”. For other County construction information, please visit the construction page on the county highway department’s website at

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Highway 7 reduced to one lane July 18 near Lester Prairie

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Highway 7 near Lester Prairie will be reduced to one lane between Eagle Avenue and Dairy Avenue Thursday, July 18, according to a release from MnDOT.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be paving the roadway and a flagging operation will direct traffic through the work zone. Motorists may encounter short delays.

MnDOT asks motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zones. Remember, orange cones, no phones. Motorists who speed through a work zone or who disobey work zone flaggers face a $300 fine.

Highway 20 paving started July 10

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Progress is being made on Hwy. 20 in Carver County: Cold-in-place recycling and resurfacing work has begun. Paving started July 10 on the west end. Rain delays have slowed production and curing of the mixture. Paving on the east end will follow a week later.
The cold-in-place recycling method uses the existing asphalt, along with an asphalt recycling agent, and places it back down on the roadway. Not only does this reduce the need for new materials (and reduces the project cost), but it also saves on the energy needed to create that new material and have it hauled to the project site.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office officially declared a high-water emergency

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office officially declared a high-water emergency Wednesday, July 10 (MN Adm. Rules 6110.3700 Subp. 9) for Lake John in Corinna Township. This emergency declaration became necessary after potential property damage was documented by the sheriff’s office on Lake John.

There have been signs posted on accesses to Lake John, specifically the public access as well as a private access on Nevens Ave. NW. Boaters on Lake John are required to observe the 150 feet no wake requirement.

This year’s heavy rain totals have made water levels in many of Wright County’s lakes extremely high. The sheriff’s office will continue to monitor Lake John, as well as other lakes within Wright County and asks for the public’s cooperation in adhering to this emergency declaration, as well as being mindful of high-water levels in lakes throughout the county.

CSAH 9 in Waverly will open Friday

WAVERLY, MN – Work on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 9 in Waverly, from Atlantic Avenue to North Shore Drive, is scheduled to be complete Friday, July 12 and open for traffic.

The prime contractor on this project is Kuechle Underground, Inc. of Kimball.

Construction operations during the 2019 season included work such as construction of stormwater retention ponds, ditch grading, and a bituminous trail.

The Wright County Highway Department greatly appreciates your patience during construction on this improvement project. Questions or comments regarding this project can be directed to the Waverly City Engineer, Sheila Krohse @ 320-231-3956 ext. 2365.