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Hello and welcome to the Minnesota State Highways task force! If you would like to help, please jump in and start adding or editing. The task force's completion list still has redlinks that need to be created.


  1. Bring all of the Minnesota State Highway articles under the same format.
  2. Create an article for all Minnesota State Highways.

How you can helpEdit

edit·history·watch·refresh   To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. Roads/Minnesota:

  • Work on individual highway articles to bring up to WP:MNSH standards
  • Place routebox on all articles.
  • Place project template on article talk pages.Existing pages have template.
  • Update all png images for shields to svg images (MN-x.svg)Thank you AWB!
  • add browse parameters to all articles with infoboxes
  • add browse templates to US, Interstate highways passing through MN.
  • cut down major cities lists to 10 or less and/or population 2000 or greater (deprecated)
  • verify references and reformat per WP:MOS (done exc. some interstates and US 52)
  • Remove shield images from main article proper
  • add/clean up jct lists were applicable. (done through MN 361)
  • add exit lists formatted per WP:USRD/ELG (done exc. 322 & 324)
  • move counties lists from route description to infobox
  • expand route descriptions
  • re-reference history sections with official sources
  • create state detail articles for U.S. 14, 59, 71, and 75


See the Assessment Department for details on how to assess articles for this task force.

Recognized contentEdit

Featured articlesEdit

Good articlesEdit

Did you know? articlesEdit


    • Staff (November 6, 2013). Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation.
      • <ref name=statelpt>{{cite book |author=Staff |url= |title= Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing |format=PDF |publisher=Minnesota Department of Transportation |date=November 6, 2013 |accessdate=}}</ref>
  • Interstate Open Dates (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Office of Transportation Data and Analysis. Minnesota Department of Transportation. April 2011. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
    • <ref name=IntOpenDate>{{cite map |publisher= Minnesota Department of Transportation |date=April 2011 |title= Interstate Open Dates |url= |format= PDF |cartography= Office of Transportation Data and Analysis |inset= |archiveurl= |archivedate= April 7, 2012 |url-status= live|accessdate= }}</ref>

Structure and standardsEdit

See WP:USRD/STDS for details on an article's structure and formatting standards.

Naming conventionsEdit

Articles should be named "Minnesota State Highway X" per WP:USSH. Additional articles may be named "U.S. Route X in Minnesota" or "Interstate X in Minnesota" if there is a Minnesota-specific article. County Roads should use either "County Road X (Y County, Minnesota)" or "County Road X (Minnesota)" depending on if the road is contained in one county or multiple counties. Other articles should use the common name of the roadway as a title.


All state highways should include the category tag: [[Category:Minnesota state highways|nnnA]] where nnn is 3-digit route number, and A is the letter designation if any (e.g. Route 1A is "001A", Route 2 is "002").



Minnesota has used four different types of shields:

According to official state maps, both the star and white square shields were in use between 1954 and 1956.

All state route shields have been created in the format MN-X.svg, where X is the route number. They reside in the category Minnesota State Route markers.

All of the state highway markers past and present have been created and reside on the Commons. Shield pages in Sister projects

State Route shields on Wikicommons    


County shields, where they exist, reside on Commons here. If necessary, there are two blank shields for county roads. File:County blank.svg is the pentagonal style, and File:White County Plate Template.svg is the square style. See this page for a guide to which shield is used for which roads in which counties.


Browse TemplateEdit

If a route is decommissioned, it still needs a browse box at the bottom of the article.

{{start srbox}}
{{mn browse|previous_type=MN|previous_route=XX|route=[[List of Minnesota state highways|MN]]|next_type=MN|next_route=XX}}
{{end box}}

will create something like

Browse numbered routes
  MN 1MNMN 3  

Replace previous and next type with "US" or "Interstate" if and only if the previous or next route is not a Minnesota state highway. If the previous or next route is a U.S. Route, _type=US if it is an interstate, type=Interstate

This box should only be placed on pages that do not have an infobox, or are an article for a Interstate or U.S. Route in the Minnesota state highway system. On pages where a browse box already exists, you can omit the start and end templates, and just insert the mn browse, keeping the list in chronological order from south/west to north/east. For an example, see the browse box at U.S. Route 1 at the bottom of the article.


use {{Minnesota-road-stub}} to label stub articles.

Project noticeEdit

{{WikiProject U.S. Roads|state=MN}}

WikiProject U.S. Roads (Rated NA-class)
This page is within the scope of the U.S. Roads WikiProject, an attempt to build a comprehensive and detailed guide to state highways and other major roads in the United States. If you would like to participate, you can edit the article attached to this page, or visit the project page, where you can join the project and/or contribute to the discussion.
  NA  This page is not an article and does not require a rating on the quality scale.

Designates the current article as part of the Minnesota State Highways WikiProject. Place on the article's talk page.

Link template for Steve Riner's pageEdit

The template {{Riner}} will create an automatic citation for Steve Riner's Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page:

Usage: {{Riner|route=<route>|access date= <accessdate>}}

Example: {{Riner|route=610|access date=2019-12-10}} gives a reference to Highway 610 on the 288-694 page and dates it today.

Note: Steve Riner's website is not a reliable source under Wikipedia policy and better sources that are not self-published should be used instead.

User templatesEdit

{{Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. Roads/Minnesota/Userbox}} produces:

This user edits articles about Minnesota State Highways.

Userbox for participants of this project. For a customized box: {{Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. Roads/Minnesota/Userbox|1}} where 1 can be replaced with your favorite state route marker

This user edits articles about Minnesota State Highways.

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