The site for the newest, highly anticipated Mills Fleet Farm presented challenges that were unique to this regional retailer, yet typical of the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. With elevations that varied as much as seventy feet throughout the site, developing thirty of the forty acres required creative and skillful engineering. The 183,000 s.f. retail store, three-bay car wash, and fueling station provide a similar variety of products and services as the other Fleet Farm locations throughout the Upper Midwest. Continue reading “March’s featured project on your WSN calendar: Mills Fleet Farm”
The Northern Pacific Center is a premier mixed-use campus, offering unique spaces on the grounds of a former railroad complex. The addition of new tenant Roundhouse Brewery was the catalyst for site improvements that would not only accommodate Roundhouse but also future tenants. Widseth Smith Nolting’s team preserved a portion of the former railyard turntable in the parking area and designed additional improvements including sidewalks, drainage, and a patio for Roundhouse’s customers. The improvements preserve and build upon the unique qualities of the historic site.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has two opportunities for grant funding this spring — the (1) Outdoor Recreation Grant Program and the (2) Local Trail Connections Program. Each is designed to help communities pay for improvements to, or the development of, trail connections and recreation areas. Here’s what you need to know about the programs. Continue reading “Funding for trails and recreation areas”