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Verizon changes spot for Minerva cell tower

Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon, Minerva

Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon, Minerva Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The lack of cell coverage poses a safety problem in the case of an accident, according to Corey.

“We’ve had many instances last winter where cars went off the road between Newcomb and Minerva,” Corey said. “Luckily no one has been seriously injured, but if someone is in serious need they may have to wait on the side of the road for someone to come help them.”

David “Sporty” Beale, owner of Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon, said March 14 that Verizon Wireless signed a one-year land lease in November 2011 to build a tower on the mountain behind the restaurant.

“We have absolutely no service here. It’s terrible,” Beale said. “If and when we get service people could report car accidents, snowmobile accidents, hiking accidents. We really need it here.”

Verizon has not announced when the plans for the tower will be put before the local government or the APA.

“If they could hurry up and get this tower up and working that would be great,” Beale said.

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