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Ignoring Hwy. 14

THUMBS DOWN: We wonder where the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s sets its priorities? When it comes to using its limited funding, it seems like its philosophy is to spread the money around as thinly as possible, instead of putting it where it will do the most good.

The draft version of MnDOT’s updated 20-year plan is shortchanging the Highway 14 4-lane expansion project, including only the portion from North Mankato to Nicollet already promised by Gov. Mark Dayton. Nicollet to New Ulm is still out in the ether somewhere.

It is disappointing that the state’s transportation agency is being woefully underfunded in the first place. MnDOT expects a $12 billion deficit in funding, compared to its needs. But it’s even more disappointing that the agency doesn’t want to tackle this project, which testimony has shown is desperately needed.

Eagles are state softball champs

THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the New Ulm Eagles Softball team, which won the State Class AA championship Friday afternoon in North Mankato.

The Eagles are repeat champions in Class AA, an oustanding feat. They dominated the early rounds on Thursday, winning 12-0 and 10-4. In Friday’s title game against Kasson-Mantorville showed their grit in a tight game, winning 1-0.

What a great end to a weather-shortened spring season.

Bloodmobile drive

THUMBS UP: New Ulm blood donors proved their generosity this week when the Red Cross Bloodmobile came to town. New Ulm donors exceeded the Bloodmobile’s goals on Wednesday and Thursday, by 14 units on Wednesday and 15 units on Thursday. Friday’s results weren’t in as this was written, but we are assuming similar results.

Thanks to all who gave. The gift of blood is the gift of life for many.

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