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A map of the future bypass to the east of downtown Pequot Lakes. Since this map was created, an interchange at County Road 11 has been included as part of the project. Details of the route will continue to be worked on with community partners. Map by MnDOT.

Down the (wider) road: Planning for the future after the bypass

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Construction on a long-discussed highway expansion project is set to begin in July 2017, after nearly two decades of research, planning, re-planning and, at times, controversy.


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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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