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Former Beltrami County Commissioner Rodney Benson of Puposky rises Tuesday night in opposition to a proposed policy to remove county highway road encroachments. The County Board dropped the policy when a state official told commissioners that encroachments must be removed under state law. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Beltrami County backs off highway encroachment policy

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Poised to approve policy Tuesday that grandfathers in current county road right-of-way encroachments, Beltrami County commissioners dropped the idea when they learned the move could cost state aid dollars.

"State statute doesn't allow any kind of encroachment," Lou Tasa, state Department of Transportation assistant district engineer for state aid, told commissioners Tuesday night. And that includes structures, fences and signs, he added.

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