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Minnesota State Highway 4

Minnesota State Highway 4 (MN 4) is a 167.136-mile-long (268.979 km) highway in southwest and west-central Minnesota, which runs from Iowa Highway 4 at the Iowa state line (near Dunnell, MN and Estherville, IA), and continues north to its northern terminus at its interchange with Interstate Highway 94 near Sauk Centre and Melrose.

Trunk Highway 4 marker

Trunk Highway 4
MN 4 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length167.136 mi[1] (268.979 km)
Major junctions
South end Iowa 4 at the Iowa state line
  I-90 at Sherburn
MN 30 / MN 60 at St. James
US 14 / MN 68 at Sleepy Eye
MN 19 at Fairfax
US 212 at Hector
MN 7 at Cosmos
US 12 at Grove City
MN 23 / MN 55 at Paynesville
North end I-94 / US 52 near Sauk Centre and Melrose
CountiesMartin, Watonwan, Brown, Nicollet, Renville, Meeker, Kandiyohi, Stearns
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 3MN 5

Route descriptionEdit

State Highway 4 serves as a north–south route between Sherburn, Saint James, Sleepy Eye, Fairfax, Hector, Paynesville, and Meire Grove in southwest and west-central Minnesota.

Highway 4 parallels U.S. Highway 71 and State Highway 15 throughout its route.

Fort Ridgely State Park is located on Highway 4 in Nicollet County on the Minnesota River. The park is located south of Fairfax and northwest of New Ulm.[2]


The segment of Highway 4 between Paynesville and Interstate 94 is part of Minnesota Constitutional Route 4, established in 1920; the remainder of Highway 4 was authorized in 1933. Between Saint James and the Iowa border, Highway 4 followed very closely the former Minneapolis & St Louis Railway the remains of which are clearly visible on the west side of the highway between Minnesota Highway 60 and Sherburn, Minnesota. Grain elevators in Echols, Ormsby, Trimont, and Sherburn are aligned with the former M&StL route through each of these towns.[3]

The route was completely paved by 1961.[3]

Major intersectionsEdit

Martin0.0000.000  Iowa 4Continuation into Iowa
  I-90 – Fairmont, JacksonI-90 Exit 87
WatonwanSt. James Township34.37855.326  MN 60 west – WindomInterchange; Western end of MN 60 concurrency
35.51057.148   MN 60 east / MN 30 – MankatoEastern end of MN 60 concurrency
Southern end of MN 30 concurrency
Nelson Township42.09267.741  MN 30 west – DarfurNorthern end of MN 30 concurrency
BrownSleepy Eye62.998101.385   US 14 / MN 68Southern end of MN 68 concurrency
Home Township66.020106.249  MN 68 west – MorganNorthern end of MN 68 concurrency
No major junctions
RenvilleCairo Township79.399127.780  MN 19 – Winthrop, Redwood Falls
Hector94.212151.620  US 212 – Glencoe, Olivia
MeekerCosmos108.147174.046  MN 7 – Hutchinson, Montevideo
Grove City123.011197.967  US 12 west – WillmarWestern end of US 12 concurrency
Swede Grove Township123.620198.947  US 12 east – LitchfieldEastern end of US 12 concurrency
Union Grove Township135.633218.280  MN 55 east – Eden ValleyEastern end of MN 55 concurrency
StearnsPaynesville  MN 23 – St. Cloud, WillmarInterchange
KandiyohiRoseville Township143.193230.447  MN 55 west – BelgradeWestern end of MN 55 concurrency
StearnsMelrose Township165.719–
  I-94 – St. Cloud, AlexandriaI-94 Exit 131
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b "Statewide Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  2. ^ Minnesota DNR website for Fort Ridgely State Park - Link
  3. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1–25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 18, 2010.[self-published source]