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The Renville County Board of Commissioners expressed support for the optional tax to meet road needs.
The national median gas price set a record last week, topping $5 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association, though it has since dropped below that mark.
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A federal grant of up $1.5 million will help improve a track segment for the Twin Cities & Western Railroad short line railroad that serves agricultural counties including in southwestern Minnesota.

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The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT will use a segment of County Road 2 as a new portion of Highway 67 to replace the area closed by a slope failure.
Staff from Kandiyohi County Public Works gave several presentations May 4 to the Kandiyohi County Board on the condition of roads in the county and the department's plans to keep them in good condition. In 2022, Public Works plans to do more than $14 million in projects ranging from reconstruction to crack sealing.
The detour for the work on Highway 23 from Paynesville to Richmond will run until November 2022, when the road will reopen for several months. The detour will then be in place again from May 2023 until November 2023 for the final year of construction.
Nationally, industry is down 80,000 drivers
The Renville County Board of Commissioners opened discussions on a local option sales tax to raise funds for transportation needs. The west central Minnesota county has bonded to increase road funding, but it is not keeping up with needs.
An editorial cartoon by Dave Granlund.

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Detours are already in place, with work set to continue through fall of 2023.
From the editorial: All levels of government should pay attention to the report, especially given the current challenges in building that all-important “skilled workforce.” The Biden administration has given Amtrak a big vote of confidence for good or ill. It now has yet more of your money to spend and a huge challenge on its hands.
The number of full-time Metro Transit police officers is the same as it was when the safety initiative was announced last summer. Eight full-time officers were brought on board since then, but staffing advances have been thwarted by attrition. While the department is authorized to employ 170 full-time officers, only 111 are on the payroll.

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