Minnesota State Highway 13

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Trunk Highway 13 marker

Trunk Highway 13
Sibley Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 111.694 mi[1] (179.754 km)
Existed: 1920 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-35 Bus. / US 65 in Albert Lea
North end: MN 149 at West St. Paul / Saint Paul
Counties: Freeborn, Waseca, Le Sueur, Scott, Dakota, Ramsey
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
US 12 US 14

Minnesota State Highway 13 (MN 13) is a highway in Minnesota that runs from its intersection with U.S. Highway 65 in Albert Lea to its northern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 149 at the West St. Paul / Saint Paul city boundary line.

Highway 13 is 112 miles (180 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

Southern terminus of MN 13 in Albert Lea

State Highway 13 serves as a north–south route between Albert Lea, Waseca, Prior Lake, Savage, Burnsville, Eagan, Mendota Heights, West St. Paul, and the "West Side" neighborhood of Saint Paul.

The southern terminus of the route is at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway Avenue (U.S. 65 / Business Loop 35) in the city of Albert Lea.

The northern terminus of Highway 13 is at the intersection of Annapolis Street and Smith Avenue (Highway 149) at the West St. Paul / Saint Paul city boundary line.

Highway 13 is built as a divided highway between Savage, Burnsville, and Eagan. This portion of the route is a busy metro area corridor paralleling the Minnesota River. Highway 13 is also built as a divided highway in Mendota Heights between I-494 (no interchange / junction) to State Highway 55. The section of Highway 13 north of State Highway 55 at Mendota is far less busy.

Highway 13 is also known as Sibley Memorial Highway in Lilydale, Mendota, and Eagan.

The Sibley House Historic Site museum in Mendota, overlooking Fort Snelling, is located immediately north of the junction of Highways 13 and 110. The museum is on Highway 13.

Highway 13 is also known as Langford Avenue in Spring Lake Township and Cedar Lake Township in Scott County.

The route follows Main Street and 4th Avenue SW in New Prague. Highway 13 follows 4th Street in Montgomery.

In the city of Waseca, Highway 13 is also known as State Street.

The 200MW (with possible expansion to 400MW) Bent Tree Wind Farm was scheduled to be built in 2009 along Highway 13 between Manchester and Hartland. The farm being developed by Wind Capital and Alliant Energy would be the biggest wind farm in the state of Minnesota.[2]

MN 13 in Mendota


State Highway 13 was authorized in 1920 from Albert Lea to Jordan. In 1934, the segment between New Prague and Jordan was redesignated Highway 21, and Highway 13 moved to the east and extended north through Prior Lake, Savage, and Burnsville; then northeast to its northern terminus in West Saint Paul.[3]

From 1934 to 1935, Highway 13 also ran from Albert Lea south to the Iowa state line. In 1935, U.S. Highway 69 was extended north into Minnesota, assuming that 12 mile section of the route.[3]

The route was completely paved by 1940.[3]

In the late 1960s, U.S. Highway 16 was decommissioned in the Albert Lea area. Highway 13 was then extended east on Main Street in Albert Lea between its intersection with U.S. 69 to its intersection with U.S. 65. Later, US 69 was truncated to the present terminus, and MN 13 was extended along US 69's route.

In 1994, the nearby Mendota Bridge was rebuilt between Mendota Heights and Fort Snelling. Highway 13 was rerouted in Mendota Heights at this time so it could intersect with State Highway 55 and State Highway 110. The old alignment of Highway 13 in the southwest corner of Mendota Heights (Sibley Memorial Drive) is still under state maintenance and has the unmarked designation of Highway 913-A.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Freeborn Albert Lea 0.000 0.000 I-35 Bus. / US 65 (Broadway south, Main Street north) to I-35
1.161 1.868 US 69 south / CSAH 46 west National northern end of US 69
Manchester Township 4.418 7.110 I-90 – Austin, Blue Earth I-90 exit 154
Waseca New Richland Township 19.582 31.514 MN 30 – Ellendale, Mapleton
Waseca 31.339 50.435 US 14 – Owatonna, Mankato Interchange
Le Sueur Waterville 43.706 70.338 MN 60 – Faribault, Mankato
Montgomery Township 56.475 90.888 MN 99 – Le Center, Faribault
Montgomery 59.839 96.302 MN 21 south / CR 161 – Faribault South end of MN 21 concurrency
New Prague 67.885 109.250 MN 19 west / MN 21 north – Jordan, Le Sueur North end of MN 21 concurrency; west end of MN 19 concurrency
Scott Cedar Lake Township 71.951 115.794 MN 19 east – Northfield East end of MN 19 concurrency
Spring Lake Township 82.133 132.180 MN 282 west – Jordan
Savage 91.974 148.018 To US 169 / CSAH 101
Dakota Burnsville 95.663 153.955 CSAH 5 Interchange
96.501 155.303 I-35W – Minneapolis, Albert Lea I-35W exits 3A-B
Eagan 101.098 162.701 MN 77 (Cedar Avenue) Interchange
Mendota Heights 106.241 170.978 MN 55 – Minneapolis, Rochester
106.930 172.087 MN 55 east / MN 110 east
109.459 176.157 I-35E I-35E exit 102
West St. Paul 111.694 179.754 MN 149 (Smith Avenue)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ Bent Tree Wind Farm is big investment - Albert Lea Tribune - August 6, 2008
  3. ^ a b c Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1–25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 27, 2010. [self-published source]

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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Media related to Minnesota State Highway 13 at Wikimedia Commons