Minnesota State Highway 65

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Trunk Highway 65 marker

Trunk Highway 65
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 272.511 mi[2] (438.564 km)
Existed: 1934[1] – present
Section 1
South end: I-35W south of downtown Minneapolis
North end: Tenth Street South in downtown Minneapolis
Section 2
South end: CR 152 north of downtown Minneapolis
MN 47 at Minneapolis
I-694 at Fridley
US 10 at Blaine
MN 95 at Cambridge
MN 23 at Mora
MN 210 at McGregor
US 2 at Swan River
US 169 near Pengilly, Nashwauk
North end: US 71 near Littlefork
Counties: Hennepin, Anoka, Isanti, Kanabec, Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
US 65 MN 66

Minnesota State Highway 65 (MN 65) is a highway in the east–central and northeast parts of the U.S. state of Minnesota, which starts at its split from I-35W, skipping past the downtown Minneapolis core, only to resume at the intersection with Washington Avenue (Hennepin County Road 152) at the north end of downtown Minneapolis to continue north to its northern terminus at its intersection with U.S. Highway 71 (US 71) in Littlefork near International Falls.

Highway 65 is a four lane expressway between Interstate 694 (I-694) in Fridley to just north of State Highway 95 at Cambridge.

The route continues as a two-lane roadway from Cambridge to its northern terminus at Littlefork in northern Minnesota.

At 272.511 miles (438.564 km) in length, State Highway 65 is the third longest state route in Minnesota, after MN 23 and MN 1.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 65 serves as a south–north route between Minneapolis, Fridley, Blaine, Cambridge, Mora, McGregor, Nashwauk, and Littlefork in east–central and northeast Minnesota.

The roadway is one of three Minnesota state-marked highways to carry the same number as an existing U.S. marked highway within the state, the others being Highways 61 and 169.

Highway 65 as it crosses Saint Anthony Falls in Minneapolis

State Highway 65 begins at a split from I-35W south of downtown Minneapolis. The ramps end at an intersection with Tenth Street South, and so does the State Highway 65 designation, due to Mn/DOT returning control of the section through downtown to the city in 2005. The State Highway 65 designation resumes at the intersection of Washington Avenue (County 152) and 3rd Avenue South at the north end of downtown Minneapolis. Highway 65 is signed locally as 3rd Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis. 3rd Avenue South leads to the Third Avenue (Mississippi River) Bridge and becomes Central Avenue upon crossing the river. After its intersection with Hennepin Avenue, the route becomes Central Avenue NE. Highway 65 is signed locally as Central Avenue NE for this section. Many Minnesota landmarks are located on Central Avenue NE including the Aveda Institute, the Heights Theater, and the National Sports Center. The route remains Central Avenue until separating in Ham Lake, except for a split in Fridley and Spring Lake Park between I-694 and US 10.[3]

The route is a divided highway from Minneapolis to Cambridge, with a 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) speed limit, increasing to 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) speed limit beginning in Ham Lake, just outside Blaine.

Savanna Portage State Park in Aitkin County is located 11 miles (18 km) northeast of the junction of Highway 65 and County Road 14 in Shamrock Township near McGregor. The park entrance is located on County Road 14 in nearby Balsam Township.[4]


State Highway 65 was authorized in 1934 and 1935. The route was numbered as an extension of old US 65.

By 1940, the route was paved from Minneapolis to just north of McGrath in Aitkin County. By 1949, the route was paved as far north as Libby. By 1953, the route was paved north to its intersection with US 2 at Swan River in Itasca County. Sections of Highway 65 north of US 2 were paved in the 1960s and 1970s. The last section of Highway 65 paved was through the Nett Lake Indian Reservation in 2000.

The expressway section of Highway 65 between I-694 in Fridley to Spring Lake Park was constructed on a new alignment in 1953.

The Highway 65 expressway bypass in Cambridge was completed circa 1993.

A portion of State Highway 65 used to be part of old US 65. US 65 still enters Minnesota from Iowa, but ends now in the city of Albert Lea, where it has a junction with Interstate 35. I-35 and I-35W roughly follow the same route old US 65 used to take from Albert Lea to downtown Minneapolis. Before the freeways were built, the original US 65 had followed Lyndale Avenue between Burnsville and Minneapolis.

In July 2005, the eight-block-long section of State Highway 65 in downtown Minneapolis, between Washington Avenue and the junction of Tenth Street South with the on/off ramps to I-35W, was turned back to city maintenance. This turn-back leaves State Highway 65 with a gap through downtown. The ramps leading to/going from Minneapolis surface streets south to their junction with Interstate 35W are still part of State Highway 65 according to [2] (on pg 613), as indicated by the MN 65 shields used on the updated mileposts along those ramps.

It was the last Minnesota State Highway (along with Minnesota State Highway 55) to directly run through Downtown Minneapolis, ending a 70-year era in which Minnesota State Trunk Highways would have a segment running directly through Downtown Minneapolis.

Highway 65 is designated as Legislative Route 105 between Washington Avenue and 37th Avenue Northeast, then as Constitutional Route 5 from Minneapolis to Swan River, then as Legislative Route 159 to Little Fork. The route is not marked with those numbers.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Hennepin Minneapolis 0.000 0.000 I-35W south – Albert Lea, Des Moines MN 65 begins by splitting from I-35W south of downtown, and ends when the roadway reaches the intersection with Tenth Street South after 1.086 mi.
1.394 2.243 CR 152 (Washington Avenue) MN 65 resumes here after the 0.308 mi gap skipping downtown Minneapolis.
Mississippi River 1.537–
Third Avenue Bridge
Hennepin Minneapolis 2.077 3.343 MN 47 north (University Avenue)
3.058 4.921 CR 153 (Lowry Avenue) Old US 8
Anoka Fridley 6.222–
I-694 – Madison, St. Cloud, Fargo I-694 exit 38; interchange.
Spring Lake Park 9.945–
CR 10 Interchange, old route of US 10
Blaine 10.955–
US 10 – St. Paul, Coon Rapids, Elk River Interchange
CR 14 Interchange, former MN 242 west
Isanti Isanti 35.934 57.830 CR 5 / Inter-County H
Cambridge 41.283–
MN 95 – North Branch, Princeton
Stanchfield Township 51.032–
MN 107 north – Braham
Kanabec Brunswick Township 58.851 94.712 MN 70 east – Rock Creek
Mora 63.334 101.926 MN 23 west – Ogilvie, Milaca South end of MN 23 overlap
64.996 104.601 MN 23 east – Hinckley North end of MN 23 overlap
Ford Township 81.783 131.617 MN 27 west – Isle, Onamia South end of MN 27 overlap
Aitkin Williams Township 88.854 142.997 MN 18 – Finlayson, Malmo
Rice River Township 105.180 169.271 MN 27 east – Moose Lake North end of MN 27 overlap
McGregor 116.649 187.728 MN 210 east – Cromwell, Carlton East end of MN 210 overlap
117.850 189.661 MN 210 west – Aitkin West end of MN 210 overlap
Shamrock Township 124.908 201.020 CR 3 Former junction with MN 232 west until April 2012, when the turnback agreement between Mn/DOT and Aitkin County was finalized.[5][6]
Jacobson 146.784 236.226 MN 200 west – Hill City South end of MN 200 overlap
147.178 236.860 MN 200 east – Floodwood north end of MN 200 overlap
Itasca Swan River 153.704 247.363 US 2 – Duluth, Grand Rapids
Greenway Township 172.574 277.731 US 169 south – Grand Rapids South end of US 169 overlap
Lone Pine Township 175.243 282.026 US 169 north – Hibbing North end of US 169 overlap
Carpenter Township 208.147 334.980 MN 1 west – Effie, Northome West end of MN 1 overlap
212.168 341.451 MN 1 east – Cook East end of MN 1 overlap
Koochiching Littlefork 270.020 434.555 MN 217 east – Ray
East Koochiching 270.739 435.712 US 71 – International Falls, Bemidji
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 51-75". Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved 2004-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "Statewide Trunk Highway Log Point Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. November 6, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Froehlig, Adam. "Minnesota Highway 65". Minnesota State Highway Endings. Retrieved 2004-04-03. 
  4. ^ Minnesota DNR website for Savanna Portage State Park - Link
  5. ^ "Aitkin County Request for County Board Action" (PDF). Aitkin County Board of Commissioners. April 3, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Aitkin County Board Minutes April 2012" (PDF). Aitkin County Board of Commissioners. April 10, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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