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Thursday, March 31, 2011 00ews. Le.als 4' Government Input needed for 50-year transportation plans Mn/DOT asks Minnesotans for input to 50-year transportation system vision Minnesotans will help deter- mine the state's transportation system vision for the next 50 years when the Minnesota Department of Transportation today rolls out a process for the public to provide input o that vision. "Minnesota GO is our oppor- tunity to hear from Minnesotans about their expectations for trans- portation today and for the next generation of Minnesotans," said Tom Sorel, Mn/DOT Commis- sioner. "We are committed to cre- ating a transportation system that will sustain and connect a vital economy, healthy environment and strong communities." The process will help the agency prioritize many goals, lim- ited financial resources and an aging infrastructure. Mn/DOT's transportation system responsibilities include: Planning, building and main- taining state roads, bridges, and trails for vehicle operators, bicy- clists and pedestrians. Planning and funding regional airports, railroads, public transit and ports owned and oper- ated by local governments and pri- vate companies. Providing technical and financial assistance for local roads. Minnesota GO will take place through August 2011 and pro- vide Minnesotans with oppor- tunities to get involved through online activities, advisory groups, public workshops and hearings. Mn/DOT also will reach individ- uals through targeted outreach. A 29-member steering commit- tee representing other public agencies and community organi- zations will review public com- ments, advisory group discus- sions, and quality of life research. The group will then draft and rec- ommend a vision statement and set of objectives for the Mn/DOT commissioner and senior leader- ship to adopt. At the end of the process, Mn/ DOT will begin updating the state- wide multimodal transportation plan and other investments and plans for roads, rails, transit, air- ports, ports and trails. Minnesotans interested in becoming involved can check out www.minnesotago.org. The website is hosted by the Citizen's League and will be updated reg- ularly with new content, discus- sion questions, surveys and video- taped interviews on a range of top- ics. Eight public workshops will take place in May. ' Mitch Anderson receives award Stearns County Engineer Mitch Anderson received the Minnesota County Engineers Association (MCEA) highest honor, the 2010 Outstanding County Engineer of the Year Award. When selecting winners for this award, the committee looks for excellence not only in engineer- ing, but in leadership, education and service to the association and the public. Mitch joined this elite group because he exemplifies all of these qualities. Mr. Anderson has been improv- ing county roads and improv- ing the quality of life for Stea- rns County residents since 1987. He is a respected leader amongst his staff, colleagues, peers and County Board. To every difficult problem he brings solutions, a sense of humor, and leadership. His efforts have resulted in resur- facing of more than 700 miles of highways, reconstruction of more than 140 miles of highway, replacement and/or construction of more than 60 bridges, construc- tion and/or oversight of over 40 traffic signals and 4 roundabouts and construction of more than 50 miles of bike trail. In addition, he has been a member of many Min- nesota County Engineer Associ- ations, state, reagional and local committees, as well as having been very active in his community throughout his tenure in County Page 9 Left to Right are Doug Fischer, Anoka County Engineer and MCEA President; Mitch Anderson, Stearns County Engineer; Darrell Pettis, LeSueur County Engineer and MCEA past president. Submitted photo. Engineering. MCEA members are county engineers from each of Minneso- ta's 87 counties who work to pro- mote their profession and uphold the MCEA code of ethics. Parish Nurse ed scholarships avail The Central MN Parish Nurse Committee has made six $250 scholarships available for regis- tered nurses interested in parish nursing, to take the Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course These scholarships are open to regis- tered nurses of all denominations. The course should be approved by the International Parish Nurse Center and may be taken on-line or in a classroom. For more infor- mation and application form, contact (320) 252-8621 or e-mail kmtheisen70@q.com. E-mails pre- ferred. Deadline for applications will be April 29. Kathleen M. 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