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Kitchigami Regional Library schedule announced

The Kitchigami Regional Library recently released its mobile library schedule for January through May.

Every other Tuesday starting Jan. 11, the mobile library will stop from 3:40-4:40 p.m. on First and Whipple Street, near the city park in Hackensack.

Every other Thursday beginning Jan. 6, stops will be made from 8:15-9:15 a.m. at the Amoco parking lot in Leader; and beginning Thursday from 8:15-9:15 a.m. on Highway 371 next to Tasty Pizza North in Pequot Lakes; from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Main Street near the Nisswa chamber; 11 a.m.-noon at the city hall in Breezy Point; 12:45-2:45 p.m. at the Community Center in Crosslake; and from 3:15-4:15 p.m. at the Holiday gas station parking lot in Emily.

Every other Saturday starting Jan. 8, the mobile library will stop from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Garrison VFW parking lot and from 11 a.m. to noon at "the garage" at Ruttgers.

Highway load limits increase Wednesday

Allowable winter load limits on highways in the north-central frost zone will increase up to 10 percent Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.

The north-central frost zone's boundaries extend south from the southern limit of the north zone to a line following U.S. Highway 10 from the North Dakota border east to Motley, Highway 210 east to Brainerd, Highway 18 east to I-35, I-35 south to Highway 48 and then Highway 48 east to the Wisconsin border.

The north frost zone's boundaries extend south from the Canadian border to a line following Highways 1, 89, 2, 33 and Interstate 35 at the Carlton-St. Louis county line and then south to the Wisconsin border. Load limit increases in the northern zone went into effect Monday.

A winter weight increase permit is required to take advantage of the 10 percent weight increase on interstate highways. Vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent more than the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the winter load increase period. However, trucks must comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed registered gross weight limits.

For information about legal weight/size trucking, call the Minnesota Department of Public Safety at (651) 405-6171 and select Option 3, Option 3. For information about over legal weight/size heavy haul trucking, call MnDOT at (651) 296-6000.

Load increases are permitted because pavements achieve increased strength to carry heavier loads when their sub-grades freeze. MnDOT continues to monitor the other frost zones to determine when it can allow additional weight increases.

For the most current information, call MnDOT's automated 24-hour message center at (800) 723-6543 for the U.S. and Canada or (651) 366-5400 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. For more information on Mn/DOT's seasonal load limits, visit

East Gull Lake City Council plans special meeting

EAST GULL LAKE - A special meeting of the East Gull Lake City Council will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. The purpose of the meeting is a vacant council seat and public hearing regarding the 2011 road project.