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Continued: Supporters of the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge celebrate renovation vote

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 10, 2013 - 9:26 PM

He expects a reopened bridge to bring more people to the refuge. Lori Nelson, executive director of the Friends of the Minnesota Valley, agreed and credited Lenczewski for forging a solution to the bridge dilemma.

The nonprofit Friends of the Minnesota Valley works to protect the area near the river from pollution and overdevelopment. Most people get to know that area not be being on the river, but by hiking and biking nearby, Nelson said.

“Anybody who works with environmental issues knows that the more you get people out to use the resource, the more people will advocate for it,” she said. “I really like it that we will get people down to the flood plain.

“This is a major step forward.”

Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380

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