Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.06.2012

September 6, 2012

Today: Jack Hoschouer Shares Bike Tour Highlights; Bike Tour Chalk Talk

Birthdays: Judy Brown-Wescott (9/4), Bob Lampe and Chris Richardson (9/6), Bob Reitz (9/8) and Therese Whitesong (9/9)

Next Week: Committee Work. Breakout sessions with Committee Chairs

Last Week:

A critical link in developing the 25-mile bike trail from Faribault to Red Wing is a bridge east of Lake Byllesby and a parcel of land that runs along the scenic bluff above the Cannon River. Brett Feldman, executive director of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, said this is the time to act.

The project has already received $500,000 in state bonding in 2008, $1.064 million in federal Transportation Enhancement Grants and $150,000 in federal Recreation Grants. There is money for the bridge, and it could be built by December of 2013.

Options have been secured on three of four key parcels of land for a trail segment connecting Dakota County Park and the Goodhue County Park. Friends of the Mill Towns Trail aim to raise $55,000 to acquire the fourth key parcel Brett invited us to be a part of it. He suggested we: 1) Donate to Mills Town Trail; 2) Join the Park and Trail Council of Minnesota; 3) Urge friends and family to join and/or donate.

Brett said it is critical to have accessible recreational trails for families. They are important for overall fitness and as drivers of local economies. He characterized biking as a “destination experience.” Connect the trail segments and people will come to eat, shop and ride.

He praised the tireless efforts of our own Peg Prowe who has been so involved in the Mill Towns Trail development.

Guests: Joshua Kaste (Kaste), Chris Heinneman (Rich), Julia Kallestad (Kallestad), Nate Heilman (O’Neill), Roni Deschamp and Aurino Nery (V. Dilley) and our new inbound exchange students: Mizuki (Mickey) Oeda from Japan, Diatou Gueye from France, Adnan Mansjur from Indonesia and Hsin-Yuan (Cindy) Wang from Taiwan. Welcome everyone.

Scholarship Enhancement: Jon Snodgrass

Announcements:

A celebration of the life of Mark Henke will be this Saturday, 11 a.m. at Emmaus Baptist Church in Northfield. Mark died August 31 while undergoing surgery related to his renal cancer. He was 53.

Nancy Amerman reported that the KEY Art Sale raised $3,000.

Good Neighbor Award Nominations: This award goes to a NON-Rotarian who has served the community in a notable way. Please contact Carl Caskey for nomination forms. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 20.

Coming Up:

Sept. 20 — TBA (Lutsky)

Sept. 27 — Malt-O-Meal with Bob Johnson (Lawlor)

Oct. 4 — Tim Penny, Ethics in Grant making and what’s new with the SMIF

Oct. 11 — Meet the Inbounds Program (Vicki Dilley)