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Crews use a roto-mill to remove asphalt on Highway 71 north of Menahga Monday. Contractors will recycle up to 30 percent of the asphalt in a new bituminous layer that will replace the old pavement. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Bewildering road detours baffle drivers

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As construction cardiologists began operating on the main north-south artery through central Minnesota, motorists seemed irked and confused by the lack of direction along the Highway 71 detour from Menahga to Park Rapids.

"This sucks!" said one Minnesota-licensed minivan traveling along County Road 87, issuing a single digit salute to emphasize his frustration.

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