St. Paul, Minn.— Senator Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield) has been working on options to expand the regional Mill Towns Trail for several years, working on bonding bills and local coordination to finance the corridor. Earlier today, the Minnesota DNR announced that it has acquired almost six miles of right-of-way in Rice County that will be used for the development of the trail. The purchase from Canadian Pacific is an uncommon opportunity to buy and develop a large section at once.
“The Mill Towns Trail is a core piece of the state’s trail system, and I’m very pleased that the DNR has been able to secure this right-of-way,” commented Senator Dahle, who authored a bonding request for the trail in the 2016 session. “This is a critical part of the 11-mile long trail segment between Dundas and Faribault.”
The trail, which was authorized by the legislature in 2000, will follow the Cannon River for 25 miles, linking historic mill towns along Southern Minnesota. The purchase cost $810,000, paid for through the LCCMR, bonding, and Legacy dollars. Questions and comments about the purchase can be directed to Senator Dahle’s office or to the Minnesota DNR.