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November 9, 2013

St. Peter park upgrade will be draw

Thumbs up to volunteers and officials in St. Peter who plan to reinvigorate one of the city’s largest parks.

The Traverse des Sioux Park near the Treaty Site History Center offers 380 acres of land and 12 to 15 miles worth of trails that are set up in six loops. Nicollet County Historical Society Director Ben Leonard says developing the trail will also draw more visitors to the Treaty Center.

A handful of volunteers, including Dave Newell, Paul Hanson and Dan Oachs, are working on upgrading the dirt trails through the park. Some of the park was damaged during the St. Peter tornado of 1998 and never really restored. Leonard says the park offers a great nature lover’s experience and views of the river where otters, deer and herons can be seen.

The Minnesota River at that point has an unusual rocky bottom and was a historical crossing point for early settlers and Native Americans.

The park sounds like a hidden regional treasure just waiting to be unveiled. It will likely add another natural amenity to the entire Mankato region. The volunteers working to make it better deserve support and kudos.

North Mankato makes recycling easier

Thumbs up to the city of North Mankato for adopting a new recycling program that will allow residents to mix all their recycling for convenient pick up. Co-mingled recycling often encourages more people to recycle simply because they do not have to do a lot of extra work sorting recycling into different containers.

The recycling can be handled at the city’s Riverbend Recycling Center where it has been sorted by a workforce from MRCI for a few years. While there seemed to be a gap in communication between the recycling center and the residents, it’s good to see things will be made easier now.

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