Travel alert: Highway 71 closed near Crow River Lutheran church
**Highway reopened on April 13
April 13, 2023
UPDATE: as of April 13, Highway 71 was reopened to traffic in this location.
Spring flooding has claimed a southbound route from Belgrade via Highway 71.
For the time being, motorists are being re-routed south of Belgrade with Highway 71 being closed near Crow River Lutheran church. The detour takes people west from the Menards campus on County Road 13 over to County Road 18 (Stearns County) which becomes County Road 1 in Kandiyohi County. Then the detour shifts onto County Road 5 to State Highway 9, and then motorists can travel east back to Highway 71 to the Pete's Surplus corner.
Reminder: when a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.