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MnDOT Safe Routes to School grants support 138 state schools

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ST. PAUL — The BOLD Schools in Bird Island and Olivia will receive funds through the federal Safe Routes to School program.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced on Friday that $4.8 million in federal grants will be awarded to 138 schools in 50 communities.

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A trail committee in Bird Island and Olivia is working to develop the Prairie View Trail to link the schools in the communities.

Grants will be awarded to Bird Island and Olivia, Dassel and Hutchinson communities, all served by the Mid-Minnesota Regional Development Commission.  

A trail committee in Bird Island and Olivia is working to develop a trail to link the schools in the communities.

“These projects will help communities increase opportunities for children to walk and bike to school,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “More students walking and biking means less traffic on the road and in front of schools, improving safety and promoting healthier kids.”

Schools received grants for either planning or infrastructure.

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