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Bring in big gun for Hwy. 14

April 26, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

The Minnesota Vikings brought in a big gun - the NFL commissioner - last week and it seemed to rouse a dilly-dally legislature to get moving again on a new stadium bill.

Maybe the Highway 14 Coalition should bring in a big gun - the U.S. transportation commissioner - to put some pressure on the legislature also. We have been hearing for decades that Highway 14 was on the 20-year plan. In what century was that? At least four decades in the 20th century have come and gone without any action on Highway 14 other than words.

Unfortunately, the Legislature is dominated by metro and suburban legislators and greater Minnesota gets a bare slice of the highway pie - and Gov. Dayton, a DFLer, isn't that much interested in supporting a Republican New Ulm.

I wrote to him about the nearly 1,000 semi-trucks that operate out of New Ulm but that didn't impress him either. Many of these trucks travel on Highway 14 and the 1920s road isn't holding up.

Don Brand

New Ulm



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