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Observer/Advocate
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
Fax: 507-427-2724


Drew Hage, Development Planner at the Southwest Regional

Development Commission, is coordinating the development of an Active Living Plan for the city of Mt. Lake.

“Active Living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines,” said Hage. “It is about fostering an environment that makes it safe and convenient for children and adults to walk, bike and be physically active on a daily basis.”

The goal of the Mt. Lake Active Living Plan is to create such an environment by making improvements to sidewalks, bike lanes and trails that can be used for transportation, recreation and fitness.

The first step in the planning stage was having residents

identify safety issues such as gaps in sidewalk and trail networks, problem intersections, traffic and congestion issues and other areas of concern by responding to an online survey.

This information helps identify potential projects the Mountain Lake Active Living Planning Team and city council would later prioritize.

The planning team includes John Oeltjenbruns, city council member Dana Kass, Dolores Peters, City Administrator Wendy

Meyer and Statewide Health Improvement Program Coordinator

Diana Madsen.

The online survey was followed up with a public meeting held last week at city hall. Hage presented information on existing conditions in the city, summarized the online survey results and led a discussion about local concerns, goals and potential projects.

The two main traffic connector routes identified in Mt. Lake are Third Avenue and 10th Street. The average daily traffic volume on Third Avenue is 3,150 and almost 1,000 on 10th Street.

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