NEWFOLDEN LISTENING SESSION TONIGHT (MARCH 15)

After being snowed out earlier this month, a listening session about the Border to Border (B2B) Touring Route has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Newfolden City Office, 145 E. First St., Newfolden. This is the last in a series of nine listening sessions about the B2B route hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association.

The B2B Touring Route will connect the eastern and western borders of Minnesota across the northern third of the state using minimum maintenance and rugged roadways. The end product will be a signed, mapped route for highway-licensed, four-wheel drive vehicles, following routes that are already open for driving. The project is funded by the Off-Road Vehicle account in Minnesota’s Natural Resources Fund. Revenues for this fund come from registered off-road vehicle owners.

The purpose of the listening sessions is to gather feedback regarding a draft alignment for the B2B Touring Route. Last year at this time similar meetings were held on this project to help determine the best location for this adventure route. That information was used to form the proposed route through the counties of Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Itasca, Beltrami, Clearwater, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, and Kittson.

For more information about the project, visit the DNR website or call Mary Straka at 218-203-4445. The DNR will also accept written comments on the touring route proposal until March 25. Send written comments to Mary Straka at mary.straka@state.mn.us or MN DNR, Parks and Trails Division, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155.