MnDOT needs council approval to move forward with roundabout plan

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Minnesota Department of Transportation presented at last night’s Bemidji City Council meeting to discuss the latest developments in MnDOT’s proposal for installing up to six roundabouts on Highway 197 in the coming years.

The city’s business community has been vocal in their opposition to the proposal, and MnDOT representative Darren Laesch said the project will need council approval to move forward.

One of the proposed roundabouts, near the highway and Menard’s, may have to be redesigned so it doesn’t interfere or get too close with the airport’s runway.

No action was taken last night, but the council will revisit the topic next week during their regular meeting. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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