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GRANTSBURG––Madison Avenue in downtown Grantsburg is mostly just a dirt road today. Crews from A-1 Excavating have removed all blacktop from the west end of Madison Avenue after removing the curb, gutter and sidewalk from the east end.

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They made their way west on what most people refer to as Main Street.

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Heavy machine operators took their time while removing large chunks of sidewalk, along with long pieces of the curb. Then the chunks of black top were loaded into a dump truck and then taken away, presumably to be turned into loose gravel.

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People stood on rooftops and watched from their windows in amazement of the process.

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Most businesses on Madison Avenue can still be accessed through their back door.