By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie City Council approved the members of a new trail task force during Tuesday’s meeting.
Mayor Andy Heimerl had requested five volunteers for the task force, the purpose of which will be to promote development of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail from the end of the paved portion of the trail at the Carver County border to the City of Lester Prairie.
Eight volunteers stepped forward and expressed interest in serving on the task force.
Police Chief Bob Carlson volunteered, but removed his name from consideration at Heimerl’s request, in order to have an odd number of participants.
The council approved a seven-member task force, including:
• Gordon Houk
• Craig Heimerl
• Dave Klitzke
• Mary Ann Teubert
• Jennifer Thiry
• Sarah Heuer
• Mary Barrons
The council will invite the task force members to attend the Monday, Nov. 10 city council meeting.
At that time, the council will establish a list of objectives for the task force.
Among the possible goals discussed during a previous council meeting were seeking grants and raising funds for improving the trail between Carver County and the city.
Recently, a small bridge on the trail right-of-way was repaired, providing access from the city to the paved portion of the trail in Carver County.
The McLeod County Regional Rail Authority owns the portion of the former 44-mile rail corridor in McLeod County.
When complete, the trail will be suitable for a variety of recreational activities, such as bicycling, walking, running, in-line skating, dog walking, and other non-motorized uses.