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The Dan Patch Line

 In the 2008 legislative session, I’ve introduced new legislation to revive discussions about the previously proposed Dan Patch Commuter Line that would run along the I-35 corridor between Northfield and Minneapolis. MnDOT undertook a feasibility study in 1999 and determined the Dan Patch line was a “Tier One” corridor. This identified it as a likely […]

Bridge Emergency Hardship Fund

 I have had several constituents contact me about the Emergency Hardship Fund for the I-35W Bridge victims. Here is a very recent summary of the information from Senator Ron Latz, Chairman of the Joint House/Senate Subcommittee on Claims: Rep. Dennis Ozment (my co-chair), myself and 4 other bi-partisan members held two day-long information gathering hearings […]

I 35 Summit in Bridgewater Township

 I went from the infectious enthusiasm of students looking forward to school success and getting on with their futures to Bridgewater Town Hall to listen to leaders from local and county units of government discuss and try to find some common ground on the commercial industrial development proposed for I 35 and County Rd 1. […]

Rice County Transportation Plan

 The 2nd ‘4th Monday of the month’ LWV discussion focused on the Rice County Transportation Plan, which is still in process of being approved and implemented.According to the Rice County Website the plan is guided by the following elements: Development of roadway standards that can be put into action across the County, these standards will […]

Proposed I-35/Hwy 19 Development Area 4th Monday LWV Discussion

 “This is a problem brought about by a change in tax law, which puts pressure on cities and counties to encourage more commercial development.” remarked Dixon Bond, Northfield City council member. Dixon’s comment, referring to proposed 1,080-acre commercial development, gives a larger picture to an issue that has been troubling many Forest Township residents. Residents […]

Environmental Listening Session

 Last night was the “Environmental Listening Session” or “Natural Resources Listening Session,” with Rep. Ray Cox, Rep. Dennis Ozment, Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance, and Rep. Tom Hackbarth, Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee. Like the Energy Listening Session, it was well attended, standing room only in […]