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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake road projects celebrated


November 2, 2017

Lois E. Johnson

Jim Sorenson, center, MnDOT project supervisor for the Moose Lake Reconstruction Project, cuts the ribbon to officially open the newly reconstructed streets in a ceremony on Wednesday, October 25. From left are: Lance Lindahl, Northland Constructors; Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm; City Councilors Darren Juntunen, Mike Peterson, Kris Huso; Sorenson; Mayor Ted Shaw; Rep. Mike Sundin; and Moose Lake City Administrator Tim Peterson.

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) project supervisor Jim Sorenson; the Moose Lake City Council, Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm, Rep. Mike Sundin and a representative of Northland Constructors cut the ribbon to officially open the newly paved streets in Moose Lake on Wednesday, October 25.

The project was "substantially complete" said Sorenson at the last construction update meeting. Crews were painting crosswalks and other details on Folz Boulevard during the ceremony.

The Moose Lake Reconstruction Project began in May and it was expected to be completed by October 14, however, frequent rains during the summer delayed completion of the project.

An early snowstorm on Friday, October 27, delayed completion of the final details.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony everyone present went to the civic center for refreshments and speeches.

"Equipment operators had to be out there every day in the rain and wind," said Rep. Sundin, as he spoke to the people in attendance. "I congratulate the work force on this project. It was quite a feat.

"Five years ago we had a major storm. Moose Lake was not spared. It received a double whammy in 2016. It was my pleasure to be part of this reconstruction project and of the new school. Mayor Ted Shaw and City Administrator Tim Peterson just don't stop. The town is fortunate to have leadership like this. Congratulations to the entire city."

Mayor Shaw spoke about the huge effort of all involved in the project.

"On projects like this one, it was so large that there was no way that the city could have undertaken it," he said. "It took the efforts of the state, county and the city to do it. There was the safety element. With that many people working on the project there were no injuries. It went very smooth, and it is very much appreciated.

"Tim (Peterson) and Katie (Bloom) in the city office had to field all kinds of calls. I'm glad it wasn't me. I also thank the citizens. There were very few calls of complaint during the months of work. Thank you."

The project manager also spoke about the lack of complaints from the community during the project.

"I could count on one hand the number of calls we received all summer," said Roberta Dwyer of MnDOT. "That's unprecedented. You are getting new businesses and you have a new school. We don't get to work in communities with all of this going on. These all are going to be here for a long time to come. Thank you to Jim (Sorenson) and his crew and Northland Constructors. And thanks to the community for its patience. Thank you for having us here."

After the speeches, Sorenson said the signal light poles would not be painted, as had been previously reported. They are made of galvanized steel.


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