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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been allocated $1.8 million in state bonding dollars to construct a trail bridge over Highway 197 in Bemidji. This graphic depicts what the bridge will look like when it is built. Trail users will soon be able to safely cross the busy highway as they commute along the trail that connects Brainerd/Baxter to Lake Bemidji State Park. Submitted Photo

Paul Bunyan Trail bridge could soon become reality

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The last segment of trail that would officially complete the 110-mile Paul Bunyan Trail could be constructed as early as this fall. This is good news for snowmobilers, bikers, walkers and tourists visiting Bemidji.


After several years of the trying to secure funding to build a trail bridge over state Highway 197, city staff found what they were looking for. The state Legislature approved a list of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources projects to be funded.

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