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MnDOT announces 2013 state road construction program


Tue, Mar 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn.—More than 300 construction projects scheduled for 2013 will do much to improve highways, bridges and other state transportation infrastructure to ensure the safety and mobility of the travelling public, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today.



“The $1.1 billion that we are investing in our state transportation system this year will increase regional connections throughout the state, as well as support jobs and community-building that make Minnesota a great place to live and do business,” said Charlie Zelle, MnDOT Commissioner.



“The transportation infrastructure is a key component to our state’s economy. This work helps ensure that motorists can continue to get to work, to recreation and that goods and services can get to us.”



The 2013 construction program includes work on 87 projects in the Twin Cities and 193 projects in Greater Minnesota. An additional 57 projects statewide will improve safety at railroad crossings, repair seawalls and docks, make improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports, and improve transit centers.



High-impact projects in the Twin Cities metro area include:



Interstate 694/Highway 10 interchange reconstruction in Arden Hills

Highway 36 interchange at English Street construction in Maplewood

I-35/I-35E pavement, bridge and guardrail construction from Elko to Eagan



Projects in Greater Minnesota include:



I-94 resurfacing between Clearwater and St. Cloud

Highway 78 resurfacing from Battle Lake to Perham, including reconstructing Lake Street in downtown Battle Lake to install accessible pedestrian ramps (“Complete Streets”)

Highway 60 four-lane reconstruction with roundabouts in Worthington



“This work helps maintain a strong transportation system,” Zelle said. “We know from a lot of study that the need for road construction is growing. As a state, we need to begin to work on solutions that will allow us to continue this level of work into the future.”



Because of the number of work zones motorists will encounter as crews perform road construction and maintenance work, MnDOT asks drivers to be alert on the road this summer.



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LAWMAKERS POISED TO ADDRESS ONGOING DROUGHT

Tue, Mar 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

According to a report released last week by the U.S. Drought Monitor, large portions of northwest, west central, southwest, and south central Minnesota face extreme drought conditions. In fact, 67 percent of our state’s land was identified as expe ..... 
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Franken, Members of Senate Judiciary Committee Introduce Legislation To Restore Consumer Choice: Users Can “Unlock” Their Cellphones Under Bipartisan Bill

Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [3/12/13] –U.S Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation on Monday that would restore the ability of consumers to more easily transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers. The ..... 
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MNGOP Statement Regarding Governor Dayton's All-Tax Budget

Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul – This morning, Governor Dayton announced he will drop the business to business portion of his tax plan. Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Pat Shortridge and Deputy Chairwoman Kelly Fenton issued the following statement: “This is ..... 
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REP. DAVIDS AUTHORS BILL TO PROTECT FAMILY FARMS

Thu, Mar 7th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Keeping a farm in the family is important to many rural Minnesota landowners, and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is co-authoring legislation that would help achieve this goal. “In some cases in Fillmore and Houston cou ..... 
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The Minnesota Department of Commerce urges consumers to review flood insurance needs

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN — As winter conditions turn to spring melting, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding Minnesota homeowners to determine if they may need flood insurance coverage. Flood damage is not covered under a standard homeowner's po ..... 
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MINNESOTA STATE ARTS BOARD AWARDS ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND GRANTS SUPPORTING ARTS TOURS THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN -The Minnesota State Arts Board today awarded 34 grants to Minnesota artists and organizations through the FY 2013 Arts Tour Minnesota program. These Arts Board grants, totalling $1,584,492, support Minnesota touring artists and arts o ..... 
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Executive Council approves new mining lease on Mesabi Range

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

An iron ore mining lease near Coleraine, Minn., that could bring between $50 million and $220 million to the state’s Permanent School Trust Fund during the life of the mine was unanimously approved today by Minnesota Executive Council. The leasi ..... 
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Klobuchar Statement on FCC Backing Effort to Unlock Cell Phones

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today made the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and the White House announced that they would back efforts to unlock cell phones, allowin ..... 
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