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Minn. to host high-speed rail public meetings

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host a pair of public meetings on the proposed high-speed rail line from Milwaukee to Minneapolis-St. Paul despite assurances from Gov.-elect Scott Walker that he will kill the project in Wisconsin.

Since March, MnDOT has studied the environmental impact of possible routes between the two cities. During the two open houses, agency officials will provide updates and seek public input on their findings.

MnDOT will host the first meeting at the St. Paul Union Depot from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 29. The second meeting will be held at the Mayo Civic Center Elliott Suite, Rochester, Minn., from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which partnered with MnDOT on the study, will host its own public meeting in La Crosse to discuss the extended portion of the proposed rail from Madison to the Twin Cities. The hearing will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the La Crosse Best Western Riverfront hotel.

— Joe Lanane

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