‘Old’ US-61 sign program in Wyoming not stopped by rain

Program also a send off for County EDA/HRA Director Eng


Rain did not dampen a gathering in Wyoming on Thursday, June 14 as the “Old” US-61 sign-dedication ceremony was moved from Sunrise Prairie Trailhead Park indoors to the Wyoming community room.

The event was a celebration of the through route which once stretched 1,400 miles from New Orleans, LA, to Duluth. The federal highway also continues on to the north, ending at the border with Canada.

Now US-61 continues as part of I-35.

The northern section of the federal highway was turned back to northern counties in 1991.

Chris Eng, Executive Director of the Chisago County HRA-EDA, arranged for the sign dedication.

The purpose was to recognize the historic route and to encourage travelers to get “off the freeway and enjoy the scenery, history, and stop and shop along the way from Wyoming, in Chisago County to Duluth on “Old US Highway 61.”

Eng said he observed similar signs at various points along the highway route. County Commissioner Ben Montzka presided at the dedication.

Eng Honored

After the sign dedication, Montzka presented a certificate of honor to Eng for his 11 years of service as the county HRA-EDA director and his overall good work for the county.

A portion of the text listed his many contributions; including helping bring several small cities development grants to the Wyoming Industrial Park and other commercial developments in Chisago County.

Montzka described Eng as a “man of integrity for the (4th) district.”

Council member Linda Yeager made an additional presentation to Eng on behalf of the Wyoming EDA.  Among other actions, he has helped establish the Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program in the city.

She also commented on the renewal of “Old 61, showing the best of our city, and inviting visitors to stay and visit.”

The final presentation was made by Mayor Eric Peterson, who recognized Eng’s contributions on behalf of the City of Wyoming.

The presentations were a send-off as Eng has accepted a position similar to his current one as director of business and economic development for the city of Duluth.

He begins his new job in Duluth next Monday, June 25.