Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Joyce Dahl-Tabor
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Green View rest area recognized for excellent service


January 31, 2019

Shawn Jansen

Blaine Jensen receives the plaque for top rated rest area in Minnesota.

Blaine Jensen, of Bruno, crew leader for Green View, beams as the General Andrews rest stop receives a plaque for top rated rest area in Minnesota on Interstate 35. Jensen has held this position since November 2002.

Four full-time and two alternate Green View employees work at General Andrews, and four full-time and three alternates work at the Kettle River rest stop under Jensen's supervision. Kettle River rest stop was ranked fourth. There are 54 rest stops in Minnesota open 24 hours and 10 seasonal rest stops.

General Andrews rest area is located about one-half mile south of the Sturgeon Lake entrance to I-35, and the Kettle River rest area is located on northbound I-35 a couple of miles north of the Askov-Finlayson exit.

The award received is a traveling plaque. Five people, who are members of the Green View field staff, are given the challenge of conducting seven random, unannounced inspections of the rest stops throughout the year. These inspections can take up to an hour. There are 30 categories to check such as windows, mirrors, counter tops, toilets, sinks and other areas meeting cleanliness criteria, winter sidewalks cleared, etc. General Andrews received the highest score of any rest stop in the state of Minnesota.

Shawn Jansen

Blaine Jensen along with part of the crew he supervises as well as Executive Director of Green View Don Knutson.

Conservatively speaking, 25 million people use Minnesota rest stops per year. Another conservative figure would be General Andrews sees more than 3,400 people on a busy weekend such as Memorial Day weekend, opening fishing and deer hunting.

April 2, Green View will celebrate 50 years of providing services to municipal, county and state agencies. Retired and lower income individuals are hired by Green View. Tens of thousands have worked for Green View over the years and presently they have 650 employees. Besides maintaining rest stops, employees clean the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) building in Duluth and clean the majority of Highway Weights and Scales buildings.

Don Knutson, executive director of Green View, St. Paul, shared this information at the award ceremony.


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