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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Frazee Focused on Trail Themes

dawn on the otter tail river
dawn on the Otter Tail River (photo by O Young)

based on a news article in the Frazee Forum, "Frazee Planning Commission sets goals for 2009," by Barbie Porter, Jan 28, 2009

Frazee, Minnesota has been discussing the North Country Trail a lot lately. And they are serious about finding a way through town for the NCT and improving the river canoe options on the Otter Tail River water trail. At the Jan. 20th meeting, regular village business took the bulk of the time. Yet discussions held at earlier meetings were not forgotten.

A goal set for 2009 for the planning commission includes optimizing river route opportunities by conducting three projects. The first would be providing a safe space for canoes and kayaks near the end of Main Avenue and getting a business that would offer food and refreshments. The second would be providing a safe area for canoe and kayakers to walk around the dam at Lion's Park. The third project, removing a piece of hanging steel from a bridge, Smith reported was already being addressed.

In addition to providing a new aspect of river traffic through town, Planning Commission member Ryan Rustad noted the committee should also start preparing for the construction of the North Country Trail and the Heartland Trail. "When the final plans are available for the trails we should review them and make sure the zoning is appropriate," Rustad suggested. "Preparing ahead of time will also ensure we're maximizing our opportunity to bring travelers into town."

Its been a long time coming, but enthusiasm for the North Country Trail in western Minnesota is growing.

See Frazee Working to Become a Trail Town
See Western Minnesota, Frazee Route Options to be Discussed
See Otter Tail River

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