Sherburne hosting trail open houses


Sherburne County will hold an open house from 5-7 p.m. June 3 at Zimmerman City Hall and 5-7 p.m. June 11 at Baldwin Town Hall to reveal plans for a pedestrian trail between Princeton and Zimmerman.

The planned Great Northern Trail will be 16 miles long connecting Princeton, Zimmerman and Elk River along the former Great Northern Railroad corridor. There are some sections of the trail corridor between Princeton and Zimmerman that could be on the former railroad bed, along County Road 45 or along local streets.

The purpose of the open house is to display alternative routes and take public comments on a preferred route.  Staff will be available from the County Planning and Zoning Department and Public Works Department to answer questions about the planned trail.

Once county officials choose a preferred trail route and acquires land, the county will pursue grants to assist with constructing the trail. There is no determined date as to when the trail will be constructed.

For questions, call Jon Sevald, county planner, at 763-765-4463. Visit to view a map of alternative trail routes and to complete a public comment form.