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Emergency repairs necessitate detour on Highway 71 north

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The "unforeseen collapse" of a culvert on north Highway 71 has necessitated a temporary detour near Summerhill Farm north of Park Rapids.

"We didn't anticipate the way it worked out," said department of Transportation engineer Todd Vonasek of the detour.

Nancy Utke, co-owner of Utke's Country Pine Furniture, had some concerns that "they're routing traffic away from our business."

Vonasek said the work should be completed in three days.

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