Howard Lake Herald, September 21, 1998

Detour taking a bit out of HL business

Business association president Gerry Smith told the Howard Lake City Council Monday, that local businesses are down by 10 to 40 percent, because of the detour.

Highway 12 between Montrose is tarred and only needs some shoulder work, said City Engineer Brad DeWolf Tuesday at the Howard Lake City Council meeting. (See Mn/DOT update for more information.)

That will be good news for the Howard Lake businesses.

After the meeting, DeWolf told the Herald he thinks that Highway 12 will be open in three weeks or so.

Smith also requested permission for businesses to place additional signs along the highway in front of the Country Store area until the highway detour is lifted.

The council gave its approval and also waived any fees involved for the businesses for these temporary signs.

Custer then asked how the Highway 12 work is doing on the west end of Howard Lake to Co. Rd. 5.

DeWolf said it is right on schedule, and the utilities are in.

"I drove from Co. Rd. 5 to Howard Lake, and I can't believe it will get done," said Custer to DeWolf.

"In fact, I'll bet you a steak dinner it won't be done. I'll even throw a lobster on there, too," he laughed.

The road crew has not even started the part by Spring Lake, said Custer.

"Well, they are not going to tear up the road there. The granular will be laid right over the top of the concrete," said DeWolf.

Related to the detour topic, Howard Lake Police Chief Mike Simmons relayed a message through City Administrator Christina Frankenfield about the speeding problem on Co. Rd. 6 south of the city.

Frankenfield will contact County Engineer Wayne Fingalson to see what the county can do, perhaps allowing the reduced speed sign to be placed out farther.

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