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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

City to see major development in near future

New businesses coming to Moose Lake


Shopko is coming to Moose Lake, Mayor Ted Shaw announced at the annual meeting of the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, January 17.

He added some paperwork has been signed, and Shopko will be advertising for employees. Shopko will be taking over the building that has been the ALCO store on March 1 and will open to the public at the end of March.

Construction will begin on a Kwik Trip this spring, Mayor Shaw also said. That building will be located between the Skopko store and the Little Store in the Opportunity Business Park.

Mayor Shaw said negotiations are under way with businesses interested in buying the remaining lots in the business park.

Subway, which has had its restaurant adjoining the convenience store near the freeway, is also planning on having a new building constructed. It will be on Park Place Drive, the new city street to the Days Inn (the former AmericInn Lodge and Suites) and McDonald’s. City Administrator Pat Oman told the chamber members at the January 8 meeting Subway has had a lot there for several years and will now have a new building for the restaurant constructed.

The street to the ALCO/Shopko store is named Moosehorn Drive, Mayor Shaw said. It was named some time ago by the local students. That drive will be extended and tie in with Park Place Drive.

A purchase agreement has been signed for the former Superior Auto Auction building, Mayor Shaw said. He told the chamber members he could not disclose any information about the company that purchased the building but did say the company has plans to develop the remainder of the 39-acre site.

The new pavilion by the river will be built in the spring. Fill has been hauled in to raise the level of the pavilion above flood stage, Mayor Shaw explained. But the open pavilion will be able to withstand a flood, if necessary.

Moose Lake School District residents have several opportunities to give input as the plans continue for the new school. The architects will be available to answer questions and receive input one hour before school board meetings, starting on Wednesday, January 21. The input session was set to begin at 4 p.m., with the school board meeting to follow at 5 p.m.

The input sessions continue before the school board meetings in February and March. The February meeting will be set at the January school board meeting, due to Presidents Day falling on the normal meeting date.

Superintendent Robert Indihar said the plans have been to call for bids for the school project in April but that is not certain at this time because of possible delays with wetlands delineation.

Another big project being planned is upgrading Arrowhead Lane from the north entrance/exit to Interstate 35 to the south entrance/exit, and up Folz Boulevard to Kenwood Avenue.

Oman and Mayor Shaw reported at the last comprehensive plan meeting they and City Engineer Joe Rhein met with planners and the engineer from MnDOT earlier that day to discuss the project.

The city has plans for its own upgrades, such as installing new streetlights and landscaping to match the existing green streetlights and landscaping on Elm Avenue and Arrowhead Lane. Mayor Shaw said MnDOT officials told city officials the city could take the lead on the project. And, because the city will be taking the lead, the project may be able to be completed a year earlier than previously stated. The project could be moved up to 2016 instead of 2017, it was said.

“We have some really neat things coming up,” said Mayor Shaw at the annual meeting. “We will see many changes in the next few years.”

Chamber President Amy Perrine echoed his comments.

“The new hospital, the new school and new business means new opportunities for the community,” she said. “We’ve flipped over from a community that was just surviving, not thriving, to a booming community. The long-range vision is to continue to grow and provide even more opportunities.”


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