Wayzata Votes to Rename Section of Highway 12 after Fallen Officer

October 03, 2017 09:08 PM

Weeks after the death of Bill Mathews, reminders honoring the fallen Wayzata police officer can be found all over the city.

On Tuesday night, the city took a step for a mor permanent reminder.

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The Wayzata City Council approved the renaming of the stretch of Highway 12 where Mathews was killed at its Tuesday meeting.

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"The idea came from some elected officials, staff and members of family talking about how we can provide value in honoring officer Mathews," Wayzata police chief Mike Risvold said.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation has compiled a map of each stretch of memorial highway and bridge across the state as of 2016. 

View the map here


The name change would include new signage along Highway 12.

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Once the state Legislature returns to session in February, Sen. Paul Anderson and Sen. David Osmek plan to introduce a bill to rename the highway. The bill must be passed to rename the roadway.

The resolution going before the Wayazata City Council Tuesday would support that effort.

Mathews was killed on Sept. 8 while he was clearing debris from Highway 12. Beth Freeman, the woman who hit and killed him with her vehicle, has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of driving after cancellation of her driver's license.

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