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Mn/DOT announces 2010 state road construction program The Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced its 2010 construction program of 283 proj- ects around the state with a construc- tion cost of $1.3 billion. "Minnesota's transportation system is a cornerstone to a strong and vibrant state economy," Governor Pawlenty said. "Our administration has invested more than $5 billion on more than 1,900 projects since 2003 to battle con- gestion, improve safety and foster eco- nomic growth." Of this year's 283 projects, 217 are state highway construction projects in- cluding the •Highway 169/Interstate 494 interchange in the Twin Cities and bridge and pavement replacement on a section of 1-35 in Duluth. The other 66 projects improve safety at railroad crossings, repair seawalls and docks in three ports, make improvements on runways and terminals at regional air- ports and remodel or construct new transit facilities. "Mn/DOT is focused on improving our highways and maximizing the ca- pacity of the system," said Tom Sorel, Mn/DOT Commissioner. Projects in the Twin Cities metro area include: • Converting Highway 169 at Inter- state 494 to a freeway to improve traf- fic flow and reduce congestion in Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Edina ($150 million). • Rebuilding the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul ($46.2 mil- lion). • Constructing a new interchange at Highway 101 and Highway 13 in Sav- age ($20 million). • Resurfacing Interstate 94 from Western Avenue to Highway 280 in St. Paul ($11.05 million). Projects in northern and central Minnesota include: • Replacing and repairing bridge and pavement from 1-35 from Bound- ary Avenue to 26th Avenue East in Du- luth ($70 million). • Reconstructing, resurfacing and building Highway 61 from Duluth to Grand Portage to improve safety ($13.7 million). • Expanding Highway 71 from two to four lanes, adding turn lanes south of Bemidji and building a new bridge over Highway 2 ($13.5 million). • Resurfacing Highway 210 from Breckenridge to French ($8.3 million). • Resurfacing Highway 55 from west Douglas County line to Glenwood and replacing bridge over Chippewa River ($8.1 million). • Constructing roundabout, recon- structing Highway 95 and Mille Lacs County Road 29 bridges ($2.7 million). • Reconstructing Highway 25 in Pierz and installing sidewalks, curbs, gutters, sewers, utilities and street lights ($2.6 million). • Reconstructing Mississippi River bridges on Highway 10 bypass in Little Falls-damaged during spring 2010 flooding ($1.5 million). Projects in southern Minnesota in- clude: • Building a four-lane alignment and 10 bridges on Highway 14 south of Waseca ($56 million). • Constructing a four-lane divided highway bypass, building bridges and installing lighting on Highway 23 near Paynesville ($32 million). • Build a highway interchange and frontage road on Highway 52 near Pine Island in Olmsted and Goodhue coun- ties ($30 million). • Constructing a four-lane road on Highway 59/Highway 60 to Nobles County Road 4 in Worthington to im- prove safety and mobility ($23 mil- lion). • Replacing railroad tracks, building turnouts, resurfacing grade crossings and. installing grade crossing'isafety; ' equipment in Sibley County ($7 mill lion), j • Resurfacing Highway 60 from Worthington to Wilder. The project will use a warm-mix asplialt that saves en- ergy ($6.2 million). For a complete list of projects, in- cluding construction dates and traffic impacts, visit the Web site :at www.mndot .gov. To access construction projects in west central Minnesota, Mn/DOT Dis- trict 4 visit www.dotstate.mn us/d4/construct.htmi. During construction and road main- tenance work, Mn/DOT urges drivers to: -Check 511 for up-to-date informa- tion about traffic and road conditions. -Stay alert, expect the unexpected. -Be especially alert at night when driving through work zones. -Never enter a road that has been blocked with barriers or conesl ' -Minimize distractions. -Don't use cell phones, -Remember text messaging while driving is illegal. -Don't eat or drink while driving. -Avoid tailgating. Keep plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead. -Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones. -Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone; don't pass or change lanes unnecessarily. -Be patient. Expect delays, espe- cially during peak travel times. JAVA JULES AND THE BIG STONE ARTS COUNCIL are proud to show the "Seed Art" collection of the Ortonville. Elementar.. y sixth grrade, students as shown..above. The public is invited to stop in at the coffee shop during the remaming days of Aprd and enjoy the original art of the area students. All hazard mitigation mtg. April 29 The third public meeting for the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan will take place on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 6 p.m. in Ortonville at the Community Room at Countryside Public Health. The main tasks will be to discuss how the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan for Big Stone County will be implement- ed and maintaned, in addition to dis- cussing the prioritzed mitigation actions determined at the previous Local Task Force Meeting. . Further, to discuss implementation of the Plan.: Background information .... for Big Stone County's Hazard Inventory can be found at And Our Co.n t nt the Future This Arbor Day, the Mundwiler Memorial Tree Program is proud to include the families we have served in 2009 through Arbor Dag 2010. In Lova, g Memory of... Wilbert Gall George Garrell Dawn Paczkewski Dr. Ray Anderson Eugene Neu Marianne StovaU Esther Strasser Eunice Bull Verlyn Hanson " Trevor EIbert Rosamund Crawford Ralph Schmidt, Jr. Ed Kromrey Monica Collins Violet Scheef Adeline Overberg Charles Skaarer Rulet "Dolly" Adolph Aileen Wartenbee Betty Letze Robed Hanson Henry Aesoph Delores Wentzlaff Violet Rise Angeline Jurgens Patrick Haubris Dorothea Hanson Colleen Boehne Loretta Schmieg Christopher Van Sambeek Gerald Meyer Karen Poppen Darlene Hoeke Gerdena Ladwig Edythe Buttke Lola Burkholder Keith Peterson Joyce Ruedebusch Dennis Lindell Helen Schmill Karen Jutting Floyd Hanson Margaret Stengel Michael Bogenreif Deoda Heinje Joan Moore Beatrice Schwandt Annabelle Kasuske Iva Keller Evelyn Wellnitz . Selma Skogsberg Joan Eisenmenger John Van Hout Martha Dickinson Henry Van Sambeek Harold Schulz Norbert Berndt Betty Pauli Betty Pratt John Molini Delton Minder John Cloos Julie Wojahn Robed Kontz Gerald Wagner Charles Pies Max Whempner Phyllis Kleine David Fischer Marvin Kalsbeck Peter Giessinger Verna Brown Elsie Theye Wilfred Hansen Willard "Bill" Meyers Herbert Johnson Pamela Fender Jane Krueger Caylene Stengel Fred Sorenson Fredrick Wohlfort Mundwiler Funeral Home purchases the trees/ac.a]]$ and they are planted/ar, a. We have provided over 1,328 trees to our communities since the Memorial Garden was started. We are the ONLY funeral home in the area with this extensive tree restoration program. We have been recognized and awarded by the National Arbor Day Foundation with a Certificate of Merit for our efforts on behalf of trees and environmental stewardship. UNDWILE HOME INC. 1003 E. 4th Ave.- Milbank, SD "Our Fam ily Serving You r Fam ily" Faith Chapel- Wilmot http://www.umvrdc.org under "What's New". Comments on the material posted can be made by email- ing katie.meyer@umvrdc.org or by calling 1-800-752-1983 or 320-289- 1981. Input from the public is extremely important and encouraged. If you cannot attend this meeting but would like to be involved, or if you have any questions please contact Jim Hasslen at 320-305-1204 or jimhasslen@hotmail.com Lab Promo tests available at OAHS The annual lab promo tests will again be available at both Ortonville Hospital and the Clinton Clinic. On Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6 the lab promos will be avail- able in the lower level Dialysis Center from 7-9 a.m. and on Friday, May 7 from 7-9 a.m. at the Clinton Clinic. This is an opportunity for you to take the first step in assessing your health by participating in the lab pro- motional testing. Tests offered include Metabolic Syndrome Screen (Liquid Panel and Glucose) which require a 12 hour fast, Lipid Panel Only (again 12 hour fast), TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone), PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) and Hemoglobin. No appointments are necessary. Refreshments are avail- able following testing at both loca- tions. For more information or questions on any events during O.A.H.S. cele- bration of Health Care Month, please call Donna at 839-4138. Friends of the Library By LaYerne Doering, President Events Calendar for the month of May 2010: Jill Kalz of New Ulm will be at the Ortonville Public Library, Saturday, May 1, 1 to 3 p.m. This visiting author writes the "Pfeffernut County" series of childrens books and has authored nearly 50 childrens titles. She is a senior editor at Picture Window Books, an educational childrens book publisher. Reservations may still be made to the Minnesota's Greatest Generation Free Bus Tour, Tuesday, May 11, and Saturday, May 15, from the Ortonville Pub, tic Library to the Minnesota Historical Museum. Call the Library, 839-2494. May 13, Doug Woods, author, illustrator, musician, naturalist, wilderness guide will be at the Library at 4 p.m. As a writer of books for children and adults, he has almost two million copies in print. Perhaps he know best for his classic childrens books like "Ole Turtle" and Grandad's Prayers for Earth." His new 2009 book, "Miss Little's Gift" has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as one of the best children's book for 2009. It was also nominated in the children's category for a' Minnesota Book Award. Thank You For Your Support Our 25th Annual Big Stone County Pheasants Forever Banquet was held Saturday, March 27th at Sioux Historic Pavilion. The evening was celebrated with our 25th Anniversary. It was a special evening. Our chapter considers the night a success. A total net amount of about $30,000 was raised during the evening for improving and increasing pheasant habitat in Big Stone County. Most of the money we make will be used to cost share on wildlife plantings and food plots. We are asking farmers in Big Stone County, who are interested in working with us, to contact the SCS Office in Ortonville. Our contact person is Travis Issendorf P/F MN Farm Bill biologist at 839-6149 or Greg Peterson, Habitat Chair at 839-2323. We would like to thank everyone involved who helped to make our 25th banquet a huge success. We especially thank all of the businesses in this area that supported the banquet in the form of merchandise, donations, gift certificates and cash donations. Thanks also to Scott Gillespie of Johnson and LaDon Henslin of Bird Island, our auctioneers; Pioneer Meat Market, Dale and his crew for catering; Elmer and Sheila and the Sioux Historic crew for hosting our banquet in their newly remodeled facility (It's great!); and John Green, our artist for painting local print of Otrey Township farm, which was auctioned off. Special thanks to our $250 donors! Americana Insurance Agency - Les Schneider, Danube, MN Bellingham Farmers Elevator Berkner Plumbing & Heating Big Stone Therapies, Inc. Border States Cooperative/ Cenex C-Stores Buffalo Ridge Bank CenBank Clinton State Bank Consolidated Redi-Mix Dave McMahon Hasslen Construction, inc. Henslin Auctioneers Vic Hoffman Holloway Rod & Gun Club Tom Hull Lakewood Supper Club & Sioux Historic Pavilion Lovgren's Spraying Service Markus Family - Long Tom Mike Munsterman Farms Minnwest Bank - Ortonville Moen's Mowing & Spraying Service Nelson Electric Northside Medical Clinic Peterson Chiropractic POET Biorefining Pro Auto Progressive Collision & Glass Center Leo Reiffenberger Ronglien & Sons Excavating, Inc. Shady Oak Realty Stolpman Insurance Agency Stoney Run Lodge Sykora Plumbing Tri-State Ag Solutions Vollmer Construction, Inc. West-Con Cooperative Steve Winther, DDS With your continued support and contributions, we can hopefully restore the pheasant population in our area to what it once was. We thank you all! PHEASANTS FOREVER PHEaSAN Big Stone County Chapter Big Stone County Governing Committee %, Page 12 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, April 27, 2010 t r