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Bank building on 8 mph journey south

Drivers' heads may have turned Tuesday at the sight of an abnormally large load that began its journey from Jenkins to Baxter. The First National Bank of Walker building in Jenkins was split in two, loaded onto two trucks and began the move to it...

The First National Bank of Walker building, cut in half and loaded onto trucks, moves past the Half Moon Saloon Tuesday in Merrifield. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
The First National Bank of Walker building, cut in half and loaded onto trucks, moves past the Half Moon Saloon Tuesday in Merrifield. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

Drivers' heads may have turned Tuesday at the sight of an abnormally large load that began its journey from Jenkins to Baxter.

The First National Bank of Walker building in Jenkins was split in two, loaded onto two trucks and began the move to its new home as Lakes State Bank in Baxter.

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The two large trucks were only able to travel at around 8 mph, and power lines had to be taken down and put back up along the route to make way for the large load. Because of the move, many along the path had power outages.

The scheduled route was from Jenkins to County Road 16 and east to Old Highway 371/County Road 112 through Pequot Lakes. The trucks turned onto County Road 11 to Breezy Point before continuing the trip south on County Roads 4 and 3 to Merrifield, where the trucks parked overnight.

Today, the journey continues to Wise Road, west to Highway 371 and south to Clearwater Road in Baxter and the building's new location. This portion of the move is expected to begin after noon and last for one hour. Northbound Highway 371, between Woida and Clearwater roads, will be closed for about 15 minutes during a portion of the move. The Minnesota Department of Transportation suggests motorists seek alternative routes while crews complete the move.

 

The First National Bank of Walker building, which had been cut in half and loaded onto two trucks, moves slowly along County Road 4 Tuesday south of Breezy Point. The building will ultimately end up next the Best Buy in Baxter. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
The First National Bank of Walker building, which had been cut in half and loaded onto two trucks, moves slowly along County Road 4 Tuesday south of Breezy Point. The building will ultimately end up next the Best Buy in Baxter. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

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