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Crews from Otter Tail Electric move lines from the poles on the right to new ones about 100 feet to the west. The work on Wednesday is being done in preparation for the Paul Bunyan Trail Bridge over Highway 197. Bridge construction could begin next week if weather conditions allow. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Projects show signs of spring; Trails, roads and hotels may get early start

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An early spring could mean an early jump on area projects.

The long-sought Paul Bunyan Trail bridge spanning Highway 197 is expected to be complete this year. Prep work at the site is now underway.


The trail bridge is one of several projects that may be on the verge of getting underway, including the south shore hotels and 2012 road construction season.

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