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Blazing a new trail in Alexandria?

The path for a possible new trail system has not been determined but it may follow flood board easements shown in blue, from 50th Avenue north to Lake L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria. (contributed graphic)

The Alexandria City Council voted Tuesday night to pursue a major trail project that would run the length of the city, from 50th Avenue to Lake L'Homme Dieu.

The north-south route would roughly follow existing flood board easements.

"Unquestionably, this is some of the most beautiful, quiet and scenic land in the city," said City Planner Mike Weber.

The project is still in the early preliminary phases. It will take millions of dollars and many years to actually build the trail, Weber said.

Last year, the city's park board and planning commission directed staff to seek grants for the project.

The city has since received a $25,000 offer from Acting Living Douglas County to help in the next phase of the design, tightening up a possible route, with the condition that the city contribute to the project.

The council allocated $5,000 from its park development fund. It still has about $70,000 in the fund.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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