ZUMBROTA — On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will host an open house regarding upcoming construction on U.S. Highway 52 between Zumbrota and Cannon Falls, which is scheduled to begin Monday, July 5.

The meeting will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Zumbrota VFW Club, 25 E. First St.

Those interested in learning more may arrive at any time, review the information, discuss issues with the MnDOT project team, and then depart when it suits their schedule. A virtual option will be available with a link at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy52-hader-southbound-improvements/meetings.html.

The $69.7 million project will be completed in 2023, and includes new pavement for the southbound lanes of Highway 52, reduced crash potential, new bridges and snow drift prevention measures from 2.2 miles south of Goodhue County Road 19 near Cannon Falls to 1.2 miles north of Goodhue County Road 7. A new interchange at Highway 52 and Minnesota Highway 57/Goodhue County Road 8 near Hader.

Listening session set for Pine Island residents

Newsletter signup for email alerts

PINE ISLAND — Pine Island Public Schools and the City of Pine Island will host a listening session on diversity and inclusion in the Forum Room at Pine Island High School at 7 p.m. June 29.

Members of the School Board and City Council will be in attendance to listen to residents who live within the Pine Island School District boundaries. Anybody who is a resident of the School District's boundaries has the opportunity to be heard. The forum is a next step toward making any needed changes in Pine Island. All in person.

Former St. Charles man honored for entrepreneurship

ST. PAUL — Cliff Kaehler, CEO of Novel Energy Solutions, was named an Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Heartland Award finalist for his work with the solar energy company.

Novel Energy Solutions is a family-owned business that began in St. Charles. The business installs residential, commercial and utility-scale solar systems.

Cliff Kaehler
Cliff Kaehler

While Kaehler was selected as a finalist, winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on July 27.

"What was once just a dream has become reality due to the hard work and dedication of the people around me," he said. "We are making a better world for those who come after us while creating rewarding jobs now. Doing what is right and making a profit is what makes this progress sustainable."