Jurisdictions Play Important Role Along the Byway

The fifty four miles of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway route pass through fourteen different local jurisdictions; eleven are in Crow Wing County and three are in Cass County. Some, like Ideal Township, Timothy Township and the City of Crosslake each have more than 5 miles of the byway route within their boundaries. Ideal Township, in fact, has the most at nearly 10 miles. Others, like Mission Township and the City of Pine River have less than a mile of the route within their borders.

Each jurisdiction has its own part to play in the daily production we know as the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. Unlike scripted theater, however, these parts, influenced by so many things, seem perhaps more improvisational. Jurisdictions have stories to share, resources to tout, funding to contribute, people to celebrate, events to market, dreams in progress and unique and special features to add to the overall mix that makes the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway “one of the most highly regarded byways in Minnesota”, according to Mark Anderson, Minnesota Scenic Byways Coordinator.

Over the eight years that the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway has been designated, the fourteen townships and cities have played their part in the following ways:

  1. Ideal Township funds projects and operations on an annual and special event basis. The Township’s website carries a link to the Byway website. Space was provided at the 2002 Centennial Celebration for PBSB information and products. Recently Ideal Township was a sponsor for the Interpretive Panel Kiosk project. Time is set aside annually to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  2. Jenkins Township has provided funding for projects and operations. A copy of an historic area map was provided to the PBSBA. Time is set aside annually to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  3. Mission Township has annually provided time at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update. Mission has shared its dream of additional bike paths and park improvements with an eye toward connecting with any future similar byway projects.
  4. Pelican Township recently added a link from its website to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway website.
  5. Timothy Township has provided funding for projects and operations. Members of the Township Board have provided historical information for Byway projects. Time has been set aside at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  6. Barclay Township has provided funding and donated to the Byway Association a copy of From Logsleds to Snowmobiles. Time has been set aside at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  7. Gail Lake Township has set aside time at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  8. Wilson Township has set aside time at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  9. City of Breezy Point provided space near City Hall for one of the Byway’s interpretive panel kiosks. The City’s website carries a link to the Byway website. It has handled the transfer of a byway donation from a local organization and has annually set aside time at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  10. City of Crosslake funds projects and operations on an annual basis. Crosslake Park and Rec representative has met with Byway partner, the Corps of Engineers, and the Byway Association regarding bike paths and other park-related issues. It has annually set aside time at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  11. City of Jenkins included the PBSB in its 2004 Centennial Celebration. It has annually set aside time at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  12. City of Manhattan Beach funds projects and operations on a regular basis. Its mayor provided some photos for one of the Byway Association’s playing cards projects. It has annually set aside time at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  13. City of Pequot Lakes hosted a luncheon in 2004 on the City Hall lawn celebrating the Byway Association’s success in raising the local match needed to pave the shoulders of County Road #11 from Pequot Lakes to Breezy Point. In combining with Sibley Township, the City brought in a jurisdiction that had donated toward the projects and operations of the PBSB. The City has set aside time at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.
  14. City of Pine River has set aside time at a regular meeting to hear a PBSB organizational update.

For more information about America's scenic byways, visit byways.org.

Interested in becoming a Byway member? Support the Byway and be a part of something big, Paul Bunyan big. Click here for more info or contact PBSBA chair, Lynn Scharenbroich at 218-543-4714 or email.

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Published Date: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
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the Lake Country Echo