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Public can testify on proposed rail route

Citizens will have three opportunities in the near future to have their views heard on a proposed high-speed rail corridor between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities.

The meetings are scheduled on these times and dates:

• Dec. 12, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St. N., Stillwater.

• Dec. 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson St., Winona.

• Dec. 14, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in a "webinar," conducted over the Internet at /mndot.adobeconnect.com/mwrriphase7-webinar12142011 or by phone, (800) 591-2259. The participant code is 697770.


The meetings are held by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which will have staff available and conduct brief presentations each night at 5:30 p.m.

The meetings are to solicit public comment on the recently completed Draft Alternatives Selection Report for the proposed Twin Cities leg of a high-speed intercity passenger rail corridor to Chicago.

In the report, the existing Amtrak route, or "river route" through Winona, Red Wing and Hastings was selected from more than a dozen studied alternatives.

People unable to participate in the public events can still submit comments on the route-selection report by email (MWRRIPhase7@state.mn.us), by fax (651-366-4248), by phone (651-366-3199 — leave a recorded message), or by mail. Mail comments to: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Passenger Rail Office, Mail Stop 480, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul, 55155.

Comments are due by Jan. 12.

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