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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. Repealed in 2019, subject to an agreement between MnDOT and Red Lake County.

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. Removed 2005. Now CSAH 34.

Improvements: Paved by 1953

Comments: A reconstruction project planned for 2013 was part of a turnback agreement for this road. The route was removed in 2005 legislation, however, so this work was apparently 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. Removed 2017. Now CSAH 26.

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. Removed 2012. Now CSAH 12.

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. Removed 2015. Now CSAH 60.

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. I don't have the date of final agreement, but the route is now CSAH 3.

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 showed 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. Evidently, an agreement was finally reached.

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

Length: 10 Region: WC

Counties: Otter Tail

History: Authorized 1949. Removed 2013. Now CSAH 38.

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. Removed in 2020, pending an agreement between MnDOT and Stearns County.

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. Removed 2006. Now CSAH 14.

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 negotiated a turnback agreement reflected in 2006 legislation to remove this route that became effective when a new interchange at MN-65 was completed. 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: Washington CSAH 12
Previously (southwest): U.S. 61 (1949-2002),
MN-120 (2002-2018)
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. This resulted in end-to-end termini with MN-120. Around 2018, the south end segment between MN-120 and CSAH 12 was turned back to Washington County, leaving the route terminus about one mile east of its previous end.

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 would be completed in 2009, but is not complete as of 2021.The Ramsey County part has been redesignated County 15 (like the rest of the street named "County Road E"). The Washington County part north of CSAH 12 is still marked as MN-244. Interestingly, in 2021, MN-96 was eliminated in statute east of the junction with 244, so there will probably be (temporarily) a route change at the junction of 96 and 244.

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: Proposals to upgrade this to full freeway are currently undergoing environmental review, with construction if any no earlier than 2027.

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. Removed 2019. Now CSAH 23.

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. Removed 2019. Now CSAH 17.

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: Authorized 1949, changed in 1963 to y

Removed from trunk highway system in 2014. Now Blue Earth CSAH 1.

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.

U.S. 261
Or Possibly

MN-261
ORIGINAL 1934 NUMBERING PLAN

West Terminus: U.S. 10/MN-5 [U.S. 52/MN-218], W. Broadway at Emerson Ave., Minneapolis
East Terminus: U.S. 61 at Hastings

Constitutional/Legislative Route(s): 116, 53

Final 1934 Designation: MN-55
Current Designation: MN-55

Comment: 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). Notes on a letter from MDH to AASHO written by the AASHO representative indicated that they were not open to this being a U.S. route. 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. Now CSAH 53.

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. Now CSAH 9.

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

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. Removed 2003. Now CSAH 7.

Improvements: Paved by 1953.

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. Removed 2015, part of highway swap between county and MnDOT whereby MN-119 was extended. Now part of CSAH 29.

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. Removed in 2019. Now CSAH 4.

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 was 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 has been modified to allow left turn from NB 280 (thus maintaining a stoplight for SB 280 only), but Broadway traffic is only able to turn right (south). Thus, it is, in a sense, a northbound freeway only with a single stoplight for southbound. Construction planned for 2024 will close the NB left turn and eliminate the signal, and the intersection with Broadway will simply be a RIRO.

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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