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Tom Clark

Podunk, Iowa
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is unpossible because that was a decision made by the MoA's management and enforced by law enforcement the MoA had brought in. As MPR's Bob Collins noted on his NewsCut blog yesterday, there have been much larger gatherings of people at the MoA which didn't impede shoppers, so good luck to the City of Bloomington's attorney trying to make an argument in front of a judge that it was the demonstrators (who were peaceful throughout) that impeded commerce.

Posted on 12/22/14 at 09:01 am in response to The tab for repairing three Minneapolis bridges: $130 million

not because of trees, but because the amount of road and bridge construction in the region makes it a sellers market for construction companies at the moment. The cost of waiting to rebuild a crumbling road is always higher though, especially when you included all the repairs to cars that travel Robert Street.

Posted on 12/22/14 at 09:44 am in response to The tab for repairing three Minneapolis bridges: $130 million

Robert Street is still a state highway and MNDoT still will pay 40% of the cost of reconstruction, and there's an additional $8 million of federal grant money that's dedicated to the reconstruction as well.

Of course to the Soucheray demographic, any amount of extra local property taxes means picking up the whole tab. Not. Rest assured though that not doing this project will cost West St. Paul much more in the form of lost business and ongoing patching of patches on the existing,...

Posted on 12/22/14 at 09:57 am in response to The tab for repairing three Minneapolis bridges: $130 million

that on stories dealing with sensitive topics they disable comments. They might as well stop them altogether, as they never add anything to the story. But I suppose there's a bit of click-bait revenue for the Star Tribune.

Posted on 12/22/14 at 10:33 am in response to The tab for repairing three Minneapolis bridges: $130 million

And found that there's been discussion about MNDoT paying more for the Robert Street project but turning back the road maintenance (plowing and patching) to the city and to Dakota County in perpetuity. Needless to say, that would be a future cost to the Soucheray demographic, but they probably don't care as long as they pay less today.

Posted on 12/22/14 at 11:15 am in response to The tab for repairing three Minneapolis bridges: $130 million

But I'm guessing it's not a bridge but the aging Kellogg Blvd. viaduct. Mayor Coleman has said he'd seek both federal and state funding to help make repairs or build a replacement (Kellogg Blvd. is a state-aid road, AFAIK) and there would also be city money in the funding mix. Remember, you read it here first.

Posted on 12/16/14 at 08:40 am in response to Ventura files new lawsuit against publisher of 'American Sniper'

As a review of the current members of the TAB shows, it's not the case that the far suburbs are being discriminated against when it comes to the composition of the board:

http://...

Property taxes fund local streets and roads, but many of these also get state aided funding. You might get an answer to your question here:

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/stateaid/home.html

is not the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Times have changed.

http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_se...

I'm thankful the Minnesota Highway Patrol and MNDoT were there to ensure the safety of both drivers and demonstrators alike.