DNR To Host Listening Session Tonight In Newfolden On Border To Border Touring Route

Draft alignment of Border to Border Touring Route across northern Minnesota. (Minnesota DNR)

This is short notice, but if you’re interested in learning more about a Border to Border Touring Route, the Minnesota Department of  Natural Resources is hosting a listening session from 6 to 8 p.m. today — Thursday, March 15 — at the Newfolden City Office, 145 E. First St., in Newfolden, Minn.

The meeting originally was scheduled for earlier this month but was canceled because of a snowstorm. Tonight’s meeting is the last in a series of nine listening sessions about the B2B route hosted by the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division, in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association.

In a news release, the DNR said the B2B Touring Route will connect the eastern and western borders of Minnesota across the northern third of the state using minimum maintenance and rugged roadways. The end product will be a signed, mapped route for highway-licensed, four-wheel drive vehicles, following routes that are already open for driving. The project is funded by the Off-Road Vehicle account in Minnesota’s Natural Resources Fund.  Revenues for this fund come from registered off-road vehicle owners.

In a news release, the DNR said the purpose of the listening sessions is to gather feedback regarding a draft alignment for the B2B Touring Route.  Last year at this time, similar meetings were held on the project to help determine the best location for this adventure route. That information was used to form the proposed route through Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Itasca, Beltrami, Clearwater, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall and Kittson counties.

For more information about the project, visit the DNR website or call Mary Straka at (218) 203-4445. The DNR also will accept written comments on the touring route proposal until March 25. Send written comments to Straka at mary.straka@state.mn.us or MN DNR, Parks and Trails Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.