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Grand Forks truck stop has pylon sign envy

Simonson Travel Center, a truck stop along Interstate 29 in Grand Forks, is seeking permission to build a bigger pylon sign to match that of its rivals.

Currently, zoning laws require pylon signs in that area to be no higher than 50 feet.

But Flying J Travel Plaza was earlier allowed to build a 90-foot tall sign and Stamart Travel Center was allowed to build a 100-foot tall sign, according to city staff.

Simonson’s proposed sign will be 82 feet tall with a sign stating the name of the business and electronic signs stating the price of gas.

The Grand Forks Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday recommended the City Council approve of Simonson’s request.

Commissioners said that if other truck stops can be exempted so can Simonson.

The request will go to City Council July 21 for final approval.

Arch Simonson, owner of Simonson Travel Center, did not return a call for comment.

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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