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April 29, 2014

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"We did it twice and we haven't seen 'em since," Arndt said.

As for the site being used for science field trips, that's not really MnDOT's thing so it would probably have to be some sort of community-generated initiative. But there's likely to be even more students on that end of town who could benefit from an environmental learning park because the new middle school is proposed for either the southern or eastern side of the community.

Q: When is the city going to put a better street light on the intersection of Hoffman Road and Hosanna Drive? I realize they will be doing some improvements to Hoffman Road this year but the little Colonial Style street light currently there is so dim, it is very hard to see the corner at night coming from Hoffman Road. I hope they make that a priority and not wait for the road improvement. There are many new homes in the neighborhood and it would benefit the residents right now.

A: Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges agrees that the intersection should have better lighting, but it probably won't change until the decorative lighting reaches the end of its useful life. The developer in that area asked for the decorative lighting and paid extra for it, but the city has since realized that more of those types of street lights are necessary to provide the same level of illumination as the traditional intersection street light that's higher and hangs out over the roadway.

"They look nice, but you need a lot of them," Hentges said, adding that the new policy for using decorative lighting reflects that realization.

The decorative lights are probably OK in low traffic residential streets, as long as a few extras are added. But for a higher traffic road like Hoffman, a "cobra-head" light would have been more appropriate, he said. (Cobra-head lights, first introduced in 1957, are the standard urban light that looks a bit like the snake's head.)

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