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Blazing Star State Trail
March 5, 2019

Blazing Star: trail extension

Project was included in Parks & Trails Council’s 2019 Legislative Agenda.

2019 Legislative Summary

Current bill funding amountStatus
$800,000$1.7 million short of P&TC’s recommendation

Funding Source Sought

Seal of Minnesota
General Obligation Bonds

Bills Introduced

SF 572: Blazing Star Trail bridge over Albert Lea Lake bond issue and appropriation ($800,000).

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Final Language in Law

Final language will be added here if passed.

Proposed Project Overview

This will complete a 6-mile trail connection between the city of Albert Lea into Myre-Big Island State Park and to the city of Hayward.

The Blazing Star State Trail currently stretches from Albert Lea to Hayward, with an approximately 2-mile gap in between. Bridging this gap requires a trail bridge over Albert Lea Lake, and would connect two cities and a state park. Both the cities of Albert Lea and Hayward have invested in trailhead facilities on either end of the trail, and the Freeborn County Trail Association has been working to get this project done for years.

Project Support

Grassroots initiative in partnership with Freeborn County Trail Association

Other Investment Projects on P&TC's 2019 Legislative Agenda