Senate Environment Committee hears Minnesota River State Trail legislation

Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato) presented legislation today to develop a segment of the Minnesota River State Trail between the communities of Mankato and St. Peter. The legislation, which was heard in the Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division, will use $400,000 of state bonding dollars to complete the project.

“This proposal represents a request promoted by the local governments in the greater Mankato Area to initiate the development of a segment of the Minnesota River State Trail between the communities of Mankato and St. Peter.” said Sen. Sheran.

The proposed St. Peter-Mankato Trail Segment would extend approximately 10 miles and provide a proposed “off-road” multi-use recreational trail between the communities of St. Peter, Kasota, and Mankato/North Mankato. The project will also connect to the existing Sakatah State Trail, Mankato-Blue Earth County Regional Trails and City of St. Peter trail system.

“A specific preferred corridor has not yet been identified or selected,” said Sen. Sheran. “A series of local public information meetings and user focus group discussions have been completed in association with the Master Planning process. There are several additional meetings planned for 2013 to identify the preferred route.”

Bonding bills are traditionally passed in even-numbered years, but there has been some talk of a possible bill this session. For more information on this legislation, Sen. Sheran’s office can be contacted by phone at (651) 296-6153 or by email at

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Kathy Sheran represents District 19, which includes portions of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties in the south central part of the state. She chairs the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee.

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