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Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle, left, addresses an audience Monday at Northern State Supply in Willmar. Zelle said the public has delivered a big dose of mistrust and suspicion of government agencies which may make it difficult for people to consider MnDOT as an integral partner with business and the local economy. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

MnDOT boss lays out goals, initiatives for future


WILLMAR — When he toured the Polaris manufacturing facility in Roseua a couple weeks ago, Charlie Zelle said he was struck by the fact parts were being delivered right at the time they were needed in the assembly line pro-cess.

It hit home that the state’s network of transportation systems was just as important to manufacturers as any business partner, Zelle said Monday in Willmar during a meeting of regional business, Chamber of Commerce and government leaders.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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