LITTLE FALLS -- Rep. Steve Wenzel, Little Falls, announced Monday he is preparing to introduce legislation that would ban or restrict the use of commercial signs and billboards along most of the new C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway in Crow Wing County.
He said an informational hearing on the issue is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Crow Wing Township Hall in Barrows. Among those expected to attend the meeting are representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, officials from Crow Wing County, Crow Wing Township representatives, Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, and officials from Brainerd and Baxter.
Wenzel said he seconds the request of many of the residents of Crow Wing County who have already called for a ban on commercial signs along the new highway.
"This new highway goes through an area that is indeed one of the most beautiful scenic spots in the entire state of Minnesota," Wenzel said. "It would be very disappointing to have people's view of this spectacular landscape obscured by billboards and advertisements."
He pointed out that there is legislative precedent for this action; commercial signs are banned on Veterans Evergreen Memorial Drive, a portion of Highway 23 near Duluth.
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