Monday Informant: MnDOT Seeks Public Opinion on Wells Area Plans | Local News

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the design plans for Highway 22 and the west segment of Highway 109 in Wells.

Feedback is also being gathered on the demonstration project which tests potential improvements for cyclists and pedestrians, including bike lanes on Route 109 and curb extensions at the intersection of Route 22 and Third Street SW in Wells.

Public comments will help MnDOT determine safety improvements for people who walk, cycle or drive for a future reconstruction project.

The construction of highways 22 and 109 is tentatively scheduled for 2026. The project consists of improving the roadway, public services and housing for pedestrians and cyclists.

The public can view design drafts and photos of demo projects, as well as provide feedback with a comment card and poll, on the project website: .

Comments are being collected until August 5.

Vintage car show planned for New Ulm

The Antique Automobile Club of America will be holding its annual Grand Nationals auto show Friday and Saturday in New Ulm.

Over 100 vintage cars, including a Holley Roadster from 1903 and a Buick LeSabre Coupé from 1989, will be on display. The owners of the 18 cars on display are up for the Zenith Award for restoration.

The Zenith competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the New Ulm Civic Center, 1212 N. Franklin St. The auto show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 1201 N. State St.

There is no admission fee on Saturdays.

Salvation Army to Sponsor Fair A day-long event for families with school-aged children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 5 is hosted by Mankato Salvation Army, 700 S. Riverfront Drive.

Free backpacks, sneakers and clothing will be available for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties during the Back-to-School Community Fair in the Salvation Army parking lot.

Families must register in person on the day of the event. Parents / guardians will be required to present government-issued ID and proof of government assistance, such as an EBT or UCare card, along with the names, dates of birth and schools their children will attend.

Eligible youth will receive lightly used sneakers from the Shoe Truck and lightly worn backpacks from Community Bank. Each household will receive $ 20 toward the purchase of clothing at the Salvation Army family store.

Pelican Food Truck will serve free hot dogs.

Other agencies present will be the Minnesota Valley Action Council, Blue Earth County Library, Crisis Nursery, Northside Hair Company and Options for Women.

The event is made possible through grants from Consolidated Communications and United Way.

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