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  Note: most of the following routes are connecting routes that connect a town (sometimes a very small town) to another highway. Many of these were likely authorized by the Minnesota Legislature as political plums for that district's legislator. The time period for authorization of these routes is about 1949. Many of the towns served are unlikely candidates for service by state trunk highways (as indicated by their populations, when included). Unless otherwise indicated, the legislative and marked route numbers are the same.
MN-219 South terminus: MN-1 near Goodridge
North terminus
:
MN-89 W of Grygla

Length: 15 Region: NW

Counties: Marshall

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1960.

MN-220 South terminus: U.S. 75 at Climax
North terminus
:
MN-11 E of Robbin

Length: 80 Region: NW

Counties: Polk, Marshall, Kittson

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved in its entirety by 1970

Comments: Actually, this is a true regional trunk highway that runs for quite a distance along the Red River rather than a short connecting route like most others authorized around this time.

MN-221 West terminus: MN-1 at Ely
East terminus: Fall Lake

Length: 6 mi. Region: NE

Counties: St. Louis, Lake

History: Authorized 1949, originally numbered same as its Legislative Route number. Redesignated as an extension of MN-169 in 1953. Still numbered as such.

Improvements: Paved at or shortly after the time it became a trunk highway.

Comments: Andrew Munsch caught this little piece of highway history, which I had missed, on a 1952 official Minnesota road map. I have both 1950 and 1953 official maps, which show when the change in number occurred.

MN-222 South terminus: MN-92
North terminus: Oklee (pop. 441)

Length: 1 Region: NW

Counties: Red Lake

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-223 West terminus: MN-92
East terminus
: Leonard (pop. 26)

Length: 8 Region: NW

Counties: Clearwater

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1961

MN-224 West terminus: U.S. 59
East terminus: White Earth (unincorporated)

Length: 4 Region: NW

Counties: Becker

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

Comments: A reconstruction project planned for 2013 is part of a turnback agreement for this road. The route is being removed in 2005 legislation, however, so this work will apparently be done after the actual turnback.

MN-225 West terminus: Ponsford (unincorporated)
East terminus
:
MN-34 at Osage

Length: 9 Region: NW

Counties: Becker

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

Comment: Original alignment of MN-34 until it was realigned the 1940s

MN-226 South terminus: MN-34
North terminus
: Dorset (unincorporated)

Length: 3 Region: NW

Counties: Hubbard

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-227 West terminus: U.S. 71
East terminus
: Nimrod (pop. 65)

Length: 11 Region: NW

Counties: Wadena

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-228 West terminus: Vergas (pop. 287)
East terminus
: U.S. 10

Length: 8 Region: WC

Counties: Otter Tail

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1960

MN-231 West terminus: U.S. 10 in Moorhead
East terminus:
I-94/U.S. 52 east of Moorhead

Counties: Clay

History: Although authorized in 1949, it was not marked with this number until the I-94 bypass of Moorhead was completed around 1960. It was originally authorized so that U.S. 52 would run between U.S. 75 and the ND border on a trunk highway, later became the city route after construction of the freeway. Now city street, designated Business Loop 94. Turned back around 1987.

MN-232 West terminus: Palisade (pop. 144)
East terminus: MN-65 near Big Sandy Lake

County: Aitkin

History: Authorized 1949. 1996 Legislature approved removal of L.R. 232, with a provision the act became effective when MnDOT and Aitkin County agreed on a turnback agreement. But see discussion below.

Comment: This was a strange case of "turnbackus interruptus." Tom Fistere reported, "An article in the Aitkin newspaper two weeks ago [mid-June 1999] stated that only in the last few months has MNDOT offered to give the county $4.3 million to repair and take control of the road.  Apparently this argument has been going on since 1995 and MNDOT jumped the gun changing the maps." A $1.7 million Mississippi River bridge replacement in 2000 might have been part of the turnback agreement. But, as of 2006, this route still shows in MnDOT's route logs. And Tom now reports that Aitkin County has decided not to accept the road. So, as of 2006, Minnesota Statutes shows the route being removed, but the agreement that precipitated that has been abrogated.

MN-235 West terminus: Urbank (pop. 73)
East terminus:
MN-29

Length: 10 Region: WC

Counties: Otter Tail

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved 1960

MN-236 West terminus: SD State Line (county road)
East terminus: U.S. 75
N of Wheaton

Counties: Traverse

History: Authorized 1949, turned back around 1985, now Traverse CSAH 10. Only connected with a county road leading to U.S. 81 in South Dakota.

MN-237 South terminus: New Munich (pop. 314)
North terminus
:
I-94 exit 137

Length: 3 Region: WC

Counties: Stearns

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-238 South terminus: I-94 (exit 147) at Albany
North terminus:
MN-27 near Little Falls

Length: 34 Region: WC

Counties: Stearns, Morrison

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved in its entirety by 1960

Comments: Longer than most routes authorized around this time.

MN-240

South terminus: MN-55 in Annandale
North terminus: U.S. 10
in Clear Lake

Counties: Wright, Sherburne

History: Now marked as part of y

Authorized 1949, consolidated around 1963 with MN-24.

MN-241 West terminus: St. Michael (pop. 9099)
East terminus
:
I-94 (exit 205)

Length: 3 Region: EC

Counties: Wright

History: Authorized 1949, but actually runs on the original alignment of MN-152. The new alignment of that route around the north side of St. Michael was constructed by 1960.

Improvements: Paved before 1940 as part of MN-152.

MN-242 West terminus: U.S. 10 in Coon Rapids
East terminus
:
MN-65 in Blaine

Length: 7 Region: M (Anoka County)

NHS: Entire length, as well as projected eastward extension over CSAH 14 to I-35W

Counties: Anoka

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

Comments: Runs along 125th Avenue NW and NE in Coon Rapids and Blaine. This is part of a route designated by the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council as a "Primary Arterial," which should mean that it is an unlikely turnback candidate. However, Anoka County and MnDOT have negotiated a turnback agreement reflected in 2006 legislation to remove this route that will become effective when a new interchange at MN-65 is complete. My guess is that this highway was so low in funding priority that Anoka County chose to take the turnback funding to improve the road.

MN-243 West terminus: MN-95
East terminus
: Wisconsin State Line
(WI-243) near Osceola WI

Length: <1 Region: EC

Counties: Chisago

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-244 South terminus: MN-120
Previously (southwest): U.S. 61 (1949-2002)
North terminus:
MN-96

Length: 7 Region: M

Counties: Washington

History: Authorized 1949. Legislative route eliminated from trunk highway system in 2001. Shortly thereafter, the Ramsey County portion was turned back but the Washington County portion remained.

Improvements: Paved by the time it became a trunk highway

Comments: Loop around south and east side of White Bear Lake, which originally extended west along the south edge of the city of White Bear Lake to U.S. 61 along a street called --- even as a state highway --- County Road E. This is now marked Ramsey County 15. Eliminated from statute in 2001, but the turnback process with Washington County is apparently longer term. According to the Washington County Transportation Department web site, the turnback will be completed in 2009.The Ramsey County part has been redesignated County 15 (like the rest of the street named "County Road E"). The Washington County part is still marked as MN-244, with an end-to-end terminus at MN-120 (also in the turnback process). When renumbered, it may be Washington County 12 between the county line and the junction with County 12. North of there it would get a new designation.Or (more likely) the whole route may just be County 244.

Photo: Signage of a rare (and probably temporary) end-to-end route terminus. Looking west just east of the junction of MN-244 (which ends at the signal), MN-120 (note the sign on the signal mast arm pointing left), Ramsey County 15 (old 244, straight ahead at the signal - there is a marker visible) and Washington County 27 to the right. The 244 sign is noteable by being a rectangular sign - generally seen for Minnesota 3-digit routes on guide signs only (i.e., on a green sign), rarely on a freestanding sign.

Do these streets have names as well as numbers? It's complicated by the fact that the Ramsey-Washington County line runs up the middle of 120. In fact, 120 is called Century Avenue in Ramsey County and Geneva Avenue in Washington County (same street - different name). Straight ahead, County 15 is County Road E (which it was called even when it was MN-244), and to the right it's East County Line Road - at least from Ramsey County's viewpoint. I'm standing on Wildwood Road.

Photo taken May 2007.

South terminus: MN-56 N of Kenyon
Previously --- Nerstrand (1950-60) on southeast
North terminus
:
MN-3 at Northfield

Length: 18 Region: SE

Counties: Rice, Goodhue

Legislative Route(s): 320, 246

History: Authorized 1949 from Nerstrand to Northfield, around 1960 from Nerstrand to MN-56.

Improvements: Paved by 1960.

Comments: Route passes near Nerstrand Woods State Park. Original route 246 ended at Nerstrand. It is puzzling why the Legislature extended this route by authorizing a new route 320 instead of merely amending the definition of route 246.

MN-247 West terminus: U.S. 63 N of Rochester
East terminus:
MN-42 at Plainview

Length: 13 Region: SE

Counties: Olmsted, Wabasha

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved in its entirety by 1960

MN-248 West terminus: Altura (pop. 349)
East terminus: U.S. 61 at Minnesota City

Length: 12 Region: SE

Counties: Winona

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-249 West terminus: MN-44/76 at Caledonia
East terminus:
MN-26 S of Brownsville

Counties: Houston

History: Authorized 1949, turned back around 1992, now designated Houston CSAH 249. This route is noteable by the eastern part of it never having been paved.

MN-250 West terminus: MN-16 at Lanesboro
East terminus:
MN-30

Length: 9 Region: SE

Counties: Fillmore

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

Comments: Seemingly an insignificant road, but it (and MN-30) was originally the route of U.S. 16 until the 1930s before that road was constructed in the Root River valley between Lanesboro and Rushford.

MN-251 West terminus: I-35 (exit 18) at Clarks Grove
East terminus: U.S. 218
near Lansing

Length: 17 Region: SE

Counties: Freeborn, Mower

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved in its entirety by 1960

 Original MN-252

South terminus: U.S. 218 southeast of Austin
North terminus: U.S. 16
east of Austin

Counties: Mower

History: Now marked as part of y

Authorized 1949, used to designate a bypass running east of Austin from U.S. 218 to U.S. 16. Although this LR (also 252) is still described in the statutes, it is redundant because the original alignment of U.S. 218 through Austin was turned back, and U.S. 218 was realigned along the bypass route. This route designation is shown on Minnesota highway maps of the early 1960s, but it is possible it was never actually marked if U.S. 218 was moved onto the route upon its completion.

MN-252 South terminus: I-94 (exit 228) in Brooklyn Center
North terminus
:
MN-610 in Brooklyn Park
Previously --- U.S. (formerly 52)-169 on north (1981-88)

Length: 5 Region: M

Counties: Hennepin

Legislative Route(s): 110

How numbered: It originally terminated on the north at U.S. 52 (at the time it was designated, there was also MN-152 in the same area)

History: Authorized 1933, originally a part of U.S. 169 that ran north to the junction with former U.S. 52 (now U.S. 169) at Champlin. Redesignated around 1981 when 169 was rerouted along 52. In the Hennepin County/MnDOT highway swap, the portion north of MN-610 was turned back to the county as CSAH 12.

Improvements: Upgraded to expressway in the mid 1980s, and has a full freeway-type interchange with flyover ramps at MN-610.

Future Construction: It seems inevitable that this highway will be converted to full freeway status. Every year, bills are introduced to provide funding to accellerate this process. Nothing is currently programmed, though.

Exit List: Well, they're intersections, not really exits, but visit Adam Froehlig's exit list for Highway 252

MN-253 South terminus: Bricelyn (pop. 426)
North terminus
:
I-90 (exit 134)

Length: 8 Region: SE

Counties: Faribault

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-254 South terminus: Frost (pop. 236)
Previously --- Iowa border (then IA-254) (1949-88)
To:
I-90 (exit 128)

Length: 5 Region: SE

Counties: Faribault

History: Authorized 1949. Formerly extended south to the Iowa border until the late 1980s.

Improvements: Paved by 1953 (remaining segment), 1960 (former segment to Iowa)

MN-256 

South terminus: Good Thunder
North terminus: U.S. 169
in Mankato

Counties: Blue Earth

History: Now marked y

Authorized 1949, designated since 1963 as MN-66 south of Mankato.

MN-257 West terminus: Hanska (pop. 443)
East terminus:
MN-15 N of Madelia

Length: 4 Region: SW

Counties: Brown

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-258 South terminus: Comfrey (pop. 433)
North terminus
: U.S. 14 E of Springfield

Length: 11 Region: SW

Counties: Brown

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-259

South terminus: U.S. 169 in LeSueur
North terminus: MN-19
in Henderson

Counties: Le Sueur, Sibley

History: Now marked y

Authorized 1949, designated since 1963 as MN-93 west of Le Sueur.

MN-261 PROPOSED BUT NEVER MARKED. Originally proposed in the 1934 numbering plan as the designation for what became MN-55 between downtown Minneapolis and Hastings. The designation evidently was intended to indicate the connection with U.S. 61. There is inconsistency between the maps that show this route; some show it as U.S. 261 (which at about 25 miles long would have been a very short U.S. route, even by the lenient standards of that time). When U.S. 52 replaced U.S. 55 before the new routes could be marked, this route became the eastern end of MN-55.
MN-261 South terminus: U.S. 212 E of Glencoe
North terminus:
Winsted (pop. 1581)

Counties: McLeod

History: Authorized 1949, former 16-mile route. Turned back 1996, now designated McLeod CSAH 1.

MN-262 South terminus: I-90 (exit 107)
North terminus:
Granada (pop. 374)

Length: 3 Region: SE

Counties: Martin

History: Authorized 1949. Legislative route eliminated by 2007 Legislature.

Improvements: Paved by 1960

MN-263 South terminus: Ceylon (pop. 461)
North terminus:
I-90 (exit 93)

Length: 11 Region: SW

Counties: Martin

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-264 South terminus: Round Lake (pop. 463)
North terminus
:
I-90 (exit 50)

Length: 7 Region: SW

Counties: Nobles, Jackson

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1960

MN-266 West terminus: Wilmont (pop. 351)
East terminus:
I-90 (exit 42)

Length: 14 Region: SW

Counties: Nobles

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved in its entirety by 1960. Removed from statute in 2003, turned back to Nobles County. Now Nobles CSAH 25.

MN-267 South terminus: Iona (pop. 158)
North terminus
:
MN-30 near Slayton

Length: 5 Region: SW

Counties: Murray

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-268 West terminus: U.S. 75
East terminus: Edgerton (pop. 1,108)

Length: 7 Region: SW

Counties: Pipestone

History: Authorized 1949. Turned back effective 2005.

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-269

West terminus: SD State Line (SD-11)
East terminus
:
MN-23 at Jasper

Length: 2 Region: SW

Counties: Rock, Pipestone

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-270 West terminus: Hills (pop. 607)
East terminus: U.S. 75

Length: 8 Region: SW

Counties: Rock

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1960

MN-271

South terminus: MN-19
North/west terminus: SD State Line
(SD-28)

Length: 9 Region: SW

Counties: Lincoln

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1960

MN-272

West terminus: MN-19 E of Marshall
East terminus: MN-93 at Morgan

Counties: Redwood

History: Now marked y

Authorized 1949, designated since 1963 as an extension of MN-68.

MN-273 South terminus: MN-19 W of Redwood Falls
North terminus
: Belview (pop. 383)

Length: 4 Region: SW

Counties: Redwood

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953. Removed from statute in 2003, to be turned back to Redwood County.

MN-274 South terminus: Wood Lake (pop.406)
North terminus:
MN-23 S of Granite Falls

Length: 8 Region: SW

Counties: Yellow Medicine

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-275 South terminus: Boyd (pop. 251)
North terminus
: U.S. 212

Length: 7 Region: SW

Counties: Lac Qui Parle

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1960

MN-277 South terminus: MN-7 W of Clara City
North terminus:
MN-40 20 mi W of Willmar

Length: 11 Region: SW

Counties: Chippewa

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1960

MN-278 West terminus: U.S. 52 in Minneapolis
Previously --- MN-100 (1949-78)
East terminus: MN-152
in Minneapolis (Lowry Avenue at Washington Avenue)

Counties: Hennepin

History: Authorized 1949. Ran east from MN-100 in Robbinsdale to then U.S. 52 along 36th Avenue N., then east through north Minneapolis from Broadway on Lowry Avenue to Washington Ave (then MN-152). The 36th Avenue segment was turned back around 1978, and the Lowry Avenue segment around 1982.

MN-280 South terminus: I-94 (exit 236) in St. Paul
Previously --- MN-36 (1951-52); Kasota Ave (1958-63); U.S. 12/52 (University Ave.) (1963-69)
North terminus:
I-35W (exit 23A) in Roseville
Previously --- U.S. 8 in New Brighton (1951-52)

Length: 4 Region: M

Counties: Ramsey

History: Authorized 1949. Not marked immediately, but for a year or two in the early 1950s was marked along Cleveland Avenue and County Rd. E between U.S. 8 in New Brighton and MN-36 (all north of the current extent of the route). Only official map I've seen showing this is the 1952 Minnesota highway map. Not shown on the 1953 map. Shown as under construction in 1958 from MN-36 south to about Kasota Avenue, by early 1960s extended to University Ave. Linked to I-94 in late 1960s after completion of I-94 from Minneapolis to St. Paul.

Improvements : A short freeway/expressway link between I-94 and I-35W. The north end had two signalized intersections at Broadway and County Road B, but these were closed beginning in 2007 when the route served as detour for I-35W after the Mississippi River bridge collapse.  South of Como, highway was widened and ramps improved in the mid-90s. The Larpenteur/E. Hennepin Ave. interchange is being reconstructed in 2009 to eliminate the tight, no-acceleration lane ramps. The interchange at County Road B is also closed permanantly, as is the unsignaled intesection at Roselawn. With construction in 2009, the signal at Broadway will be modified to allow left turn from NB 280 (thus maintaining a stoplight for SB 280 only), but Broadway traffic will only be able to turn right (south). Thus, it will be, in a sense, a northbound freeway only with a single stoplight for southbound.

Visit Adam Froehlig's exit list for Highway 280

MN-281

West terminus: U.S. 61 in Duluth
East terminus: U.S. 61
in Duluth

Counties: St. Louis

History: Later became Now Duluth city street

Authorized 1949, renumbered as an extension of MN-23 around 1963, turned back 1997. Ran along 2nd and Superior Streets through downtown and east Duluth.

MN-282 South terminus: U.S. 169 at Jordan
North terminus:
MN-13 near Prior Lake

Length: 7 Region: M

Counties: Scott

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-284 South terminus: U.S. 212 at Cologne
North terminus:
MN-5 at Waconia

Length: 4 Region: M

Counties: Carver

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-286 West terminus: MN-6 at Talmeon
East terminus
:
MN-38 at Marcell

Length: 4 Region: NE

Counties: Itasca

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved by 1953

MN-287 South terminus: MN-28 at Grey Eagle
North terminus: U.S. 71
at Long Prairie

Length: 14 Region: WC

Counties: Todd

History: Authorized 1949

Improvements: Paved in its entirety by 1960

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