Mill Towns Trail plans becoming reality

Mill Towns TrailOK, this isn’t officially a news story, but Peggy Prowe does such a readable job of recording the minutes of the Mill Towns Trail board meetings that we decided to share them as is.

And there’s a lot going on. In fact, we also just received word from Tim Madigan (Faribault City Administrator) that the City of Faribault will host a ribbon-cutting for the opening of the White Sands trail head facility at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29. This facility connects the Mill Towns and Sakatah trails.

We’ll have more on the ribbon-cutting later, but here are Peggy’s notes on all that’s happening with the trail and all the opportunities for people to help.

Read the rest of the entry for Peggy's notes...

Meeting of July 12:

Glenn Switzer shared the job needs for hosting the Tour de Art on Saturday, August 5, starting at Northfield City Hall at 9 a.m. If you can help at one of the sculpture stops, please contact Glenn,

Mayors Lee Lansing, of Northfield, Chuck Ackmann of Faribault and Glenn of Dundas will be leading the 8-mile Tour of Art in the area. Just Food has declared the Mill Towns Trail recipient of the bag bonus in July. Mike Christopherson quickly got neat little flyers there for the promotion. Just Food will let us table on Saturday mornings 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. If you are able to help, please tell Peggy Prowe,

Northfield Public Works director Heidi Hamilton has hired Katy Gheler as new city engineer. She and Fred Sandal of Yaggy Colby will be designing the Northfield Mill Towns Trail head behind Walgreens. The TEA 21 Federal grant pays for 80 percent of the construction, Northfield Rotary provides 20 percent from the Jesse James Bike tour (over 10 years) and the city provides engineering and construction oversight. Very exciting to have first steps underway.

At the Joint Powers meeting July 5, the Board heard proposals for bonding use from Tim Madigan, Faribault administrator, Tom Clark, engineer, and Paul Penansky, park director. State Senator Tom Neuville helped in the discussion of right-of-way acquisition and/or construction.

The Board chose to build two underpasses at the Hwy. 21 and Hwy. 3 crossing which Faribault will reconstruct next year. Second priority is the bridge across the Cannon River to connect to the new Trail Head (opening celebration Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. Carol King, Faribault city councilor has helped formulate the Faribault proposals. Third priority would be the trail connecting the new Dundas trail head with the pedestrian bridge. The Dundas trail head will be out to bid soon.

Fourth priority is to reconstruct the three miles of trail between Dundas and Northfield. Hwy. 3 bridge reconstruction south of Dundas. Dundas has passed a resolution requesting trail right-of-way be built in on the west side of the new bridge. Larry Shepherd is approaching snowmobile clubs to support the widening, also. Curtis Peschek helped me put lines on the blind corners in the Dundas woods portion of the trail last week.

Meetings are established with Progressive Rail at the end of July and Goodhue County Park board and Cannon Falls City Council at the end of August. CC Linstroth has been working with the Goodhue County engineer about potential right-of-way connections from Goodhue Byllesby Park to Cannon Falls. John Stull provided a healthy financial report for the board.

Respectfully submitted, Peggy Prowe

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bike trail questions

Does anyone have a map of exactly where the trail will be built? Can someone give me a good estimate of when I will actually be able to ride my bike from Northfield to Faribault on a paved trail? -Andy Kornkven