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Osakis City Council approves Highway 27 cost participation

The city's cost participation includes water main and sanitary sewer work items.

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Lowell Anderson | Echo Press

OSAKIS — The Osakis City Council approved taking the first half of its cost participation in the Highway 27 project from its COVID-19 rescue funds.

The action was taken at the council's regular meeting on Monday, April 11.

The city's cost participation includes water main and sanitary sewer work items.

Approximately $115,487 was taken from the COVID funds toward the total cost of $230,974.

At the council's March meeting, they discussed design concepts to be painted on the Lake Wobegon Trail Bridge as part of the Highway 27 project, and the possibility of "Welcome to Osakis" being painted on one side.

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However, at Monday's meeting city clerk Angela Jacobson said the Minnesota Department of Transportation would not be doing this as it is considered a form of advertising.

The project to improve Highway 27 will occur between I-94 near Osakis and Highway 71 south of Long Prairie in Douglas and Todd counties.

An in-person construction open house will be held on Tuesday, April 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Osakis Community Center.

According to MnDOT's website, visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about the project and talk directly with the project team about any questions or concerns they have. Layouts will be on display for reference.

Visitors can arrive any time, as a formal presentation will not be given.

Construction will take place from May to November, according to MnDOT's website.

Osakis beautification

The council also approved a plan to put two ziplines in Park Osagi — an idea that was put forth by the Osakis Beautification Team.

Shanel Lund said the team would cover the cost of the project, which will require the removal of two trees.

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One of the ziplines will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well, Lund said.

Students at the school had voted on what equipment they would most like to see in the park.

The council also approved a motion for the beautification team to apply for a grant on behalf of the city to paint two murals on the beach house at Osakis City Beach.

The grant is in the amount of $5,000.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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