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Sturgeon Lake residents rue reality of covered bridge: It's beyond repair

Unique bridge will be replaced


April 2, 2021

Lois E. Johnson

The Sturgeon Island covered bridge is more than 50 years old and the only remaining functional bridge of its type in Minnesota, meaning it still serves automobiles.

People in the Sturgeon Lake area are experiencing bittersweet feelings about losing a much-loved landmark, the Sturgeon Island covered bridge.

"It will be replaced this fall if the state funding comes through," said Pine County engineer Mark LeBrun. "The issues with the old bridge are that parts of the structure that the bridge sits on are starting to wash out and it is narrow at 14 feet. It has served its life."

Inspections in the past few years have shown that the bridge is beyond repair and structurally unsafe.

Plans are to replace the span with a timber bridge, leaving open the possibil...

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