Actually, the roundabout is one of the largest single-lane — if not the largest — on the MnDOT system, according to Jerimiah Moerke, public affairs spokesperson for MnDOT District 4.
"It was designed to handle the extra large loads that occasionally use Highway 29," Moerke said.
Moerke added that it's common practice for big semitrailers to "ride up" onto the concrete truck apron in the center.
"That's what it's designed for," he said. "Drivers hauling regular-sized loads who are familiar with roundabouts can navigate it without going into the center. As local drivers get more accustomed to it, they will feel more comfortable with it, too."
"You will see a little bit of work this spring near the roundabout — basically any parts that look unfinished," Moerke said.
He explained that this is a small part of the project that still has temporary pavement in place.
"The contractor needs to remove and replace the pavement on the southbound side of the roundabout," Moerke said. "They just ran out of time last year.
"If you look closely, the transition between the concrete and pavement isn't what it should be," Moeke added. "In addition, the center island needs to be completed and landscaped, and we may make some additional adjustments to the signs."
Questions about the roundabout were expected and MnDOT appreciates the feedback from the public, Moerke said.
"Roundabouts are a relatively new traffic control feature in Minnesota," he said. "When we hear the occasional complaint or concern about them, we do look into the issue seriously and make adjustments, if feasible, and take the issue into consideration in future roundabout designs."
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor on . Posted in News
A 35-year-old Starbuck man was arrested March 20 on drug charges.
James Oneil of Starbuck was arrested for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance, a felony charge, on Sunday, March 20, 2016. The Starbuck Police Department, with the assistance of the Pope County Sheriff’s Office and West Central Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 306 East 4th Street in Starbuck. During their search, officers discovered numerous items related to drug activity, including over 40 grams of marijuana and methamphetamine. Several other drug-related pipes and paraphernalia items were located throughout the house, according to the report. Oneil was transported to the Douglas County Jail to be held for court.
Written by Mark Beasley - Sports Editor on . Posted in News
From Starbuck Times - Wednesday, March 16th
It’s been a good year for Doug Toivonen, a 1985 graduate of Starbuck High School. Last summer Toivonen, a three-sport star for the Bucks, was inducted into the Minnewaska Laker Athletic Hall of Fame. Concordia University in Moorhead had Previously inducted Toivonen into their Athletic Hall of Fame. Red Wing has been Toivonen’s home since the late 1980s, and beginning with the 1989-1990 school year, he’s worked in the Red Wing School District. The Wingers went to the state tournament in basketball for six straight years, from 1999-2004, with Toivonen on the bench as an assistant coach. In his 12-year tenure as head coach, the Wingers hadn’t made it back to the state tournament until this year. Red Wing ﬁ nished the regular season ranked #2 in state AAA polls. The Wingers had been to the Section 1AAA championship game four straight years until ﬁnally breaking through this year. One of the reasons this year’s appearance at the state tournament is especially important to Red Wing and its fans isn’t that it’s been 12 years since their last trip to state. It will be the ﬁ rst, and last, trip with Toivonen as head coach. Doug will be stepping down as head coach after this season. There was no ofﬁ cial announcement about the retirement. It wasn’t a big secret, but it wasn’t widely known, either. Red Wing has been on a roll in recent years, racking up a 68-18 record over the ﬁ nal three seasons. This year the Wingers rolled through the Section 1AAA playoffs, winning the three games they played by margins of 30, 26 and 16 points. Toivonen stressed the importance of winning the ﬁ rst game of the state tournament. A loss in the ﬁ rst game would send them back home quickly. A win would guarantee two more games, either a championship game or a third-place game. Red Wing won that ﬁ rst game, defeating Simley by a 73-51 score. Travis Toivonen, a senior and Doug’s son, scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win. Red Wing hadn’t won a state championship since 1933, and this year wouldn’t change that. The Wingers lost to Fergus Falls in the semiﬁ nals by a 58-55 margin. Fergus Falls built a 37-29 halftime lead, but the Wingers closed the gap in the ﬁ nal minutes. Red Wing missed a number of close shots over the closing minutes but still had a chance with their last possession. The Wingers hit a 3-point shot that would have tied the game had it not come just a fraction of a second after the ﬁnal horn sounded to end the game. The Wingers played Monticello in the third-place game on Saturday afternoon. Red Wing won that game, 75-59, to take third place in Class AAA. The win allowed Toivonen and the Wingers to end the season with a win, which rarely happens. Toivonen’s humility was refreshing in an age of self-promotion and overinﬂ ated egos. When asked about the why there was so little attention given to his ﬁ nal year of coaching and stepping down from the job, Toivonen replied, “I don’t need to make a big announcement. I’m a high school basketball coach.” Red Wing closed one of their most successful basketball seasons ever with a 28-3 record to go along with their third-place ﬁ nish at state. Congratulations to Doug Toivonen on a successful season, a successful career and best wishes on future endeavors