Meeting with MNDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher (12/18/2019)

Here are some of the participants in todays lunch meeting with MNDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher at River Oaks Golf Course & Event Center in Cottage Grove. We heard from representatives from Hastings, Cottage Grove, Grey Cloud Island, St. Paul Park, Newport and South St. Paul on transportation related priorities. Thanks to Sen. Bigham for organizing, the City of Cottage Grove for hosting, to Commissioner Anderson Kelliher and MNDOT Government Affairs Director Erik Rudeen and everyone who attended. Hastings Councilmember Joe Balsanek Sr. was tempted to tee off despite the snow and -1 temperature.

Here are some of the participants in todays lunch meeting with MNDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher at River Oaks Golf Course & Event Center in Cottage Grove. We heard from representatives from Hastings, Cottage Grove, Grey Cloud Island, St. Paul Park, Newport and South St. Paul on transportation related priorities. Thanks to Sen. Bigham for organizing, the City of Cottage Grove for hosting, to Commissioner Anderson Kelliher and MNDOT Government Affairs Director Erik Rudeen and everyone who attended. Hastings Councilmember Joe Balsanek Sr. was tempted to tee off despite the snow and -1 temperature.

St. Croix Valley Riders Children’s Christmas Party (12/14/2019)

Today's St. Croix Valley Riders Children's Christmas Party is another example that SCVR is more than a Motorcycle Rights Organization. Through donations of toys, time, and money dozens of local kids got to come see Santa Claus and pick out a gift. Thanks to SCVR President Mark Koon with Axel, Santa and Rhys Moreno and all the SCVR volunteers for giving back locally.

Today’s St. Croix Valley Riders Children’s Christmas Party is another example that SCVR is more than a Motorcycle Rights Organization. Through donations of toys, time, and money dozens of local kids got to come see Santa Claus and pick out a gift. Thanks to SCVR President Mark Koon with Axel, Santa and Rhys Moreno and all the SCVR volunteers for giving back locally.

Safety issues along Highway 95 (12/12/2019)

highway-95-denmark-township-mnSeveral constituents have brought concerns to me regarding safety issues along Highway 95 in Denmark Township. As you know MNDOT has been rebuilding Highway 95 to improve safety including widening shoulders, adjusting hill slopes to improve sight lines and adding rumble strips.

Based on concerns from area residents in relation to westbound 110th street, MNDOT and Washington County collaborated to install additional signage to give drivers more warning that they are coming to a stop sign at Highway 95.

Next construction season MNDOT will be installing stop signs with LED lights around the edge of the sign similar to this sign on E. Pt. Douglas Rd. at Hyde Ave. S. in Cottage Grove.

Next construction season MNDOT will be installing stop signs with LED lights around the edge of the sign similar to this sign on E. Pt. Douglas Rd. at Hyde Ave. S. in Cottage Grove.

Also, to address safety concerns with 4-way stops on Highway 95 at both 70th street and 40th street, MNDOT will be moving ahead with installing stop signs with LED lights around the edge of the sign similar to the signs on E. Pt. Douglas Rd. and Hyde Ave. S. in Cottage Grove.

Until those signs can be installed next construction season, Washington County will install red flashing beacons similar to those on 80th St. and Keats Ave in Cottage Grove. Several orange warning flags have already been added to the stop signs and stop ahead signs to draw attention.

Many of you know that these intersections, especially 70th and Highway 95, have been the location of several serious vehicle accidents. I want to thank both MNDOT and Washington County for working together on these solutions.

Several orange warning flags have already been added to the stop signs and stop ahead signs to draw attention.

Several orange warning flags have already been added to the stop signs and stop ahead signs to draw attention.

Cottage Grove Public Works plow driver (12/9/2019)

Please help our snow plow drivers by keeping a safe distance back and moving vehicles off the road. This keeps our drivers safe as well as the public. Thank you to Cottage Grove Public Works plow driver Craig Jaworski for letting me ride along today. Craig has been keeping our roads clear for 23 years.

Please help our snow plow drivers by keeping a safe distance back and moving vehicles off the road. This keeps our drivers safe as well as the public. Thank you to Cottage Grove Public Works plow driver Craig Jaworski for letting me ride along today. Craig has been keeping our roads clear for 23 years.

Eagle Scout earned 38 merit badges (12/7/2019)

Trey Wilhelm of Cottage Grove achieved Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in Scouting. Trey earned 38 merit badges, 17 badges over the required 21. Trey's project was Operation Share A Bear where he procured 471 teddy bears that he donated to children at St. Paul Children's Hospital through donations he solicited from business and individuals. I was honored to present Trey with a House Resolution in recognition of his achievement.

Trey Wilhelm of Cottage Grove achieved Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in Scouting. Trey earned 38 merit badges, 17 badges over the required 21. Trey’s project was Operation Share A Bear where he procured 471 teddy bears that he donated to children at St. Paul Children’s Hospital through donations he solicited from business and individuals. I was honored to present Trey with a House Resolution in recognition of his achievement.