Hello friends and neighbors,
Two weeks ago, I hosted the Capital Investment Committee for a tour of the Lake City Marina, the National Eagle Center, and Mount Frontenac to learn more about proposed capital improvement projects at these locations.
Maintaining and improving current infrastructure is important for growing and sustaining a local economy, especially in Greater Minnesota. We want our local communities to be competitive not only within Minnesota, but next door with cities in Wisconsin as well, in order to ensure we can be a top destination for tourism and business. I want Minnesotans to think of our region as the ‘South Shore’ of Minnesota – just like they value the North Shore along Lake Superior as a destination spot.
The proposed projects near Lake City Marina would consist of reconstructing Highway 61 to provide a safer space for pedestrians on both sides of the road and to improve storm water remediation. Additional area enhancements seek to create more recreational access to Lake Pepin, develop a bicycle/pedestrian trail, and improve the infrastructure around the Marina. The National Eagle Center, which attracts 83,000 visitors from around the world annually, is looking to increase its physical and economic presence in Wabasha by wanting to expand its exhibit space, build an outdoor amphitheater, and renovate and repurpose four historic Main Street buildings to showcase a world-renowned eagle art collection. An Olympic ski jump, called Baldly125, is being proposed to be built at Mount Frontenac. Baldy125 would serve as training facility for the U.S. Nordic Ski Team and would host international ski competitions. The area would also be developed for other recreational activities, including zip lines, inner-tube runs, and cross-country skiing. The City of Red Wing also presented potential bonding projects to the Committee, including needed infrastructure improvements to the Goodhue County Historical Society and the Old West Main area.
We were lucky enough to be joined on the tour by Mary Lahammer from TPT (Twin Cities PBS). She had two fantastic segments produced that aired on “Almanac” on TPT. Click here (starts at 42:00) for the first segment; click here (starts at 36:00) for the second segment. Our communities looks great on TV!
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