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Highway 61 to be rerouted at Grand Marais

The detour will remain in place for most of August.

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Planning an escape up the North Shore in August? You may need to pack a little extra patience.

State Highway 61, which is undergoing a major reconstruction project, will be rerouted around Grand Marais for 24 days starting Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

Those traveling north will be detoured along County Road 7, near the entrance to Cascade River State Park, and will arrive on the northern side of town, away from Lake Superior. County Road 7 reconnects with Highway 61 near the Grand Marais Area Fisheries Office, east of town. The detour is necessary to replace a culvert south of Grand Marais, MnDOT said.

Access will remain for local traffic in downtown Grand Marais, though crews are continuing various road and culvert work along Highway 61 throughout the city.

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