Fighting slick roads with beet juice

With accidents piling up within the city as both newcomers and longtime residents alike adjust to the icy and slushy roads of North Dakota winters, the city of Minot is testing a new road-coating system on main thoroughfares within the city that uses beet juice to stick salt and sand on roads longer and more efficiently.

“The reason we’re doing this is because we have a lot of people from out of state,” said Todd Boechler, the Minot foreman of roads. “There’s been a lot of accidents and we’re trying to keep up with how we treat the roads.”

“It’s a mixture that we get from the (North Dakota Department of Transportation),” said Dan Jonasson, the Minot Public Works director. “The DOT has been using it for quite some time. We’ve been getting it to try it.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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