For drivers traveling on the Crosstown or Interstate 494 between Eden Prairie and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, rush hour can be a nightmare any day. Throw in a crash or snowstorm and it can instantly turn into gridlock.
An idea hatched by the Metropolitan Council 15 years ago to rein in sprawl by offering wastewater service to rural mini-cities hasn't panned out as expected. The agency spent upward of $40 million building the sewer pipe for Elko New Market and a wastewater plant in East Bethel but growth has so far fallen short of aggressive projections, leaving those edge communities stuck with projects they can't afford.
Isle Royale Seaplanes operates its air taxi between Houghton, Mich., and the Lake Superior island park under a contract that runs through 2025. It offers up to five Isle Royale flights a day, with as many as 20 people coming and going.