Taking Back the Highways

Memorial Day Walk - May 26, 2008

Over the past few years we have had an unusually high number of deaths along Hwy 95 and Hwy 169, especially among our youth.  We are planning an event to “take back the highways” in prayer and worship.


We have been granted an “event permit” from the Minnesota Department of Transportation for May 26, 2008, Memorial Day for the entire route.  This event includes Hwy 95 from Hwy 25 to Hwy 65 and Hwy 169 from Hwy 23 to Hwy 10.  This is a total distance of about 70 miles.


The route will be divided into 1.5 to 2.5 mile sections a total of 35-40 teams; a prayer team would be assigned to each section.  Teams would consist of church groups, civic organizations, teams of students and possible teams of families who have lost someone along the route.  Participates would arrive at designated section between 10:30 am and 11:00 am.  Each prayer team would walk their section between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm.  Participates would be picked up from 11:30 pm to 12:00 pm.  Teams assigned to Hwy 95 would walk along ditch on the north side of road and would travel from west to east facing oncoming traffic.  Teams assigned to Hwy 169 would walk along ditch on east side of the north bound lane and would travel from north to south facing oncoming traffic.  Each participate would be required to wear a bright green T-shirt (included in entry fee), long pants and walking shoes or boots for off road travel.


A church might want to take a certain part of the highway.  Each team will also be asked to adopt that part of the highway in prayer so we can remain proactive in keeping our highways free of death.  Each team will have a leader, a communication liaison (with cell phone), a prayer leader, worship leader (with CD player) and team drivers.  The walk will take approximately one hour.


We will meet back at the Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds for a time of lunch and worship and declarations.  People can either bring their lunch or we will have vendors who will provide lunch to purchase.  Day should end at about 3:00 p.m.


An entry fee is required to cover expenses.  Individuals less than 18 years of age will need parental consent and be accompanied by an adult and no one under 6th grade will be allowed to walk.

Map of Route 

Taking Back the Highways - Prayer

Star & Tribune Article 2/17/2008

Star & Tribune Article - 7/4/2007