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Trail Work Coming
I want to thank Mr. Harwell for his letter in the June 19 Open Forum commenting on the condition of the Hardwood Creek Trail.
As County Commissioner representing Forest Lake and Hugo, I know sections of this trail are in poor condition. So I am pleased to report that the county will be resurfacing the trail next summer. We will also complete the extension of this trail in Hugo to County 8 and the regional trail system that will take you into Anoka and Ramsey counties.
Our work does include improving the condition of the trail, bridge, approach fences and the addition of new benches for rest stops. These improvements are largely being funded with federal funding that comes to the Twin Cities area for bike trails. This means we do not need to rely on local property taxes to pay for this project, freeing up county dollars to focus on other priorities such as road improvements, public health and safety, and business and job growth.
The city of Forest Lake’s focus on parks and trails, along with the county efforts to meet local and regional needs, continue to make Washington County a great place to live, work and play, today and tomorrow.
I appreciate everyone’s patience as this project is constructed and know you will enjoy a smooth new trail for many years to come.
Washington County Commissioner – District 1
We recently saw Rep. Bob Barrett’s new campaign brochure. It has four pages with a lot of pictures. Imagine our surprise when we opened it up and there we are in a picture with Rep. Barrett and other union laborers and skilled trade union members.
We were meeting with Rep. Barrett about issues important to the Laborers Union, including the bonding bill, not because we support him!
Our picture in his campaign piece gives implied support to him; This is as far from the truth as can be. Rep. Barrett didn’t vote for the bonding bill, which is the most important bill for us.
They took the picture, but we didn’t give consent to be in his campaign brochure, and were never asked.
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the residents of Forest Lake to consider The Scott Honour/Karin Housley team for Governor and Lt. Governor of Minnesota.
Not only are they qualified, but they are actually electable, something that the Republican party has not been able to find recently. They both have a strong business sense and have been successful, despite their humble roots, because of old-fashioned hard work, determination and commitment.
Minnesota can get out from under the heavy tax burdens and get residents back to work, keeping socialism at bay. Personally, I am tired of the government trying to control everything I do. Lets get back to the all American values of gainful employment for everyone. This team can get us back on track.