Mill Towns Trail Friends Oct. meeting

October 16, 2009

Cub scouts at the dedication of the MTT Cannon River Crossing Steve Hennessy, DNR, reported that the Metro Federal Enhancement grant for the other half of the Byllesby park connection bridge is almost certain to be awarded in November. This would mean construction in 2013. Dakota County is applying for $1,000,000 in state bonding to complete the trail connections in Byllesby Park on the north side of the Cannon River.

With the assistance of the Parks & Trails Council, property negotiations with owners on the south side of the Cannon west of Cannon Falls, are moving along. Kent Skaar, DNR, confirms that Mr. Goudy is willing to sell the river front piece. Steve says that engineering for trail from Cannon Falls, across the Wienrl property, under Highway #52 will be done this winter. Funding for these purchases and trail development was certified last bonding session, 2008.

The Friends group will submit support letters to Dakota County for their bonding request, to the Joint Powers Board for the $550,000 for acquisition between Dundas and Faribault, and to Northfield for the Legacy application for trail along the east side of the Cannon River, Northfield to Dundas. Meg Otten and City personnel are writing that grant application, due Nov. 13. Steve Janusz shared the Fillmore County/Root River lodging tax progression. Amazing what a good trail network accomplishes in tourism.

We discussed the construction of the new bridge on Canada Avenue, underpass space for the trail and preservation of the old Iron Bridge for pedestrian use. We discussed trail alignment in/around Northfield.

Treasurer John Stull will be cashing CD’s to repay the City $121,086, the Friends share of the Total $1,025,449 bridge cost. About 1/3 Federal funding, 1/3 bonding, 1/3 city & Friends.

Just Foods sent a check for $424 from their re-used bag project. Thank you.


MTT Events October 14th and 15th

October 12, 2009

Mayors of Northfield and Dundas cutting the ribbon for the Mill Town Trail In 1998 we opened the Mill Towns Trail; 2000 it became a state trail. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 PM, Dundas City Hall, come hear about the next big steps.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, 9:00 am, Legislative Bonding committee at the City of Northfield Transit garage. We’re requesting $850,000 for right-of-way acquisition!

Volunteers needed for Aug. 15 Tour de Art

August 7, 2009

Virginia Kaczmarek of the YMCA sent me this info. Help is needed this Saturday, Aug. 15, for the Tour de Art / Ride with the Mayors! Please let her know if you can help.

Hi Bill, It looks like we need 2 more volunteers for the Dundas Trailhead location so yes I’d love for you to send out an email asking for some help.

I’d guess those volunteers would need to be at that location by 10:00 – the group should be by sometime after that time. Once the group comes by — (they head back to Northfield along the trail) — then the volunteers are done — so maybe 10-11:15 or so? Their job would be to put streamers and ribbons on the kid’s bikes while the adults listen to the ‘art sculpture’ expert talk to the parents about the art sculpture at that location. My Y email address is

There’s a flier about the entire event on the front page of our website (Mary Rossing put it together).

August 15th Mill Towns Trail Bridge Dedication

August 2, 2009

The new Mill Towns Trail Cannon River crossing — the Peggy Prowe Bridge — will be dedicated on August 15th at 9am. While work is still being finished up on segments of the connecting Riverside Park trails, the bridge and path are now open to Sechler Park Road. Check it out, and join us on August 15!

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