Public input sought on the Great River Road National Scenic Byway

The public is invited to participate in activities to help guide a new Minnesota Great River Road Corridor Management Plan. This summer, the Great River Road project team will be providing opportunities for the public to share their stories, places and connections they have with the Mississippi River and the land along the scenic byway.

Open houses are scheduled to be held at locations along the Mississippi River, in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Winona, Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Brainerd. Open house meeting times and locations close to Morrison County are:

•St. Cloud – Wednesday, July 23, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Riverside Park Picnic Shelter, 1800 Kilian Blvd., St. Cloud, MN 56301; and

•Brainerd, Wednesday, July 30, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Lum Park Picnic Shelter, 1619 Washington Street NE, Brainerd, MN 56401.

The Great River Road is a National Scenic Byway consisting of a series of roads which follow along the route of the Mississippi River through 10 states; the longest 575-mile stretch winds through the state of Minnesota. From the headwaters of the Mississippi at Lake Itasca to the scenic bluffs leading to the Iowa border, the byway presents an opportunity to experience the natural, cultural and historical connection Minnesota has with the mighty Mississippi River.

The project also offers online opportunities to learn more about the Great River Road Corridor Management Plan or to participate in an online survey. Visit the Minnesota Great River Road website at