Map information includes a road description, including shoulder width, pavement type and traffic volumes; state and regional trails; state historic sites, parks, city index; and other points of interest, plus safety tips.
Paper versions of the map are available at the MnDOT Central Office Building, 395 John Ireland Blvd. in St. Paul, and at the Kick Gas exhibit inside the Eco Experience building on Randall Avenue during the Minnesota State Fair.
The electronic version of the map is available at mndot.gov/bike/maps.html. It has more detailed routes than the paper version and includes smaller and printable areas of the state. The online version of the map will be updated twice yearly and offers opportunities for public feedback.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS
College gets grant to help underserved
Inver Hills Community College has gotten a big grant to help students in difficulty stay in school.
As part of a $4.5 million grant program, an organization called the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has given the school more than $80,000 to help students facing major challenges to continue in school.
The money will help 75 students from what the college calls “traditionally underserved backgrounds,” providing a variety of services. The ultimate goal is a transfer into a four-year degree program.
The school has 140 students participating in a “structured first-year experience” aimed at smoothing their way, officials say, but many others have been turned away for lack of staff and money. The waiting list will shrink.
The program helps young people “develop connections to their campus, peers, faculty and staff, and overcome financial obstacles,” officials report. With growing suburban diversity and poverty, the school has also launched a food shelf and taken other steps to help.
Work starts on road project off Hwy. 13
Construction has begun on a major road project in Prior Lake and will continue through mid-October, city officials report.
Work began Aug. 19 near Hwy. 13, at the Main and Ridgemont avenues intersection leading to downtown. Access to downtown businesses from Hwy. 13 is now on Dakota Street to Main Avenue, south of the construction area. Access to Ridgemont will continue.
The work involves reconstructing the traffic signal at Hwy. 13, realigning Main and Ridgemont avenues, and building a trail, sidewalk, pond and two retaining walls.
The work means relocating the entrance to Kop Gardens and removing two buildings nearby. A native prairie and oak trees will be planted as well.
Volunteer chaplains sought for police, fire