The Duluth News Tribune reports that the Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $565,931 grant to continue work to complete the Twin Cities-Twin Ports Trail, according to Rep. Jim Oberstar’s office. The article says, “The funding will provide for the design, planning, engineering and limited construction of 14 to 18 miles of the 32-mile missing link of the Twin Cities-to-Twin Ports trail between the Sunrise Prairie and Willard Munger Trails.”
“About 30 employees will remain at the Suzlon facility in Pipestone after the elimination of 110 employees occurs by Dec. 29, according to Brad Wiggins, regional manager of North American operations,” reports Debra Fitzgerald in the Pipestone County Star. The story says, “News of Suzlon’s second mass layoff in as many years came Nov. 1 to the City of Pipestone, where the third largest wind turbine supplier in the world was required by federal law to give notice of the workforce reduction. … Wiggins cited the downturn in the economy as the reason for the layoffs.”
“An ordinance requiring streetside trees to be added in new Rochester developments won city council approval on a 4-3 vote,” Jeffrey Pieters writes in the Post-Bulletin. He adds, “The vote ended a six-year process of developing the ordinance, which is intended to help the city avoid adding to a ‘tree deficit’ that currently amounts to about 27,000 potential planting areas that are vacant.”
Mark Nicklawske reports in the White Bear Press that “A detailed study designed to evaluate the historic drop in White Bear Lake water levels and investigate possible lake augmentation options has been sidetracked by a legal squabble over project financing.” The article says the White Bear Lake Conservation District voted to table a Water Level Phase II study financed by donations from the White Bear Lake Homeowners’ Association. “Conservation District and Homeowners’ Association officials could not agree on a procedure to accept money donated for the project,” he reports.