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Grant could help with traffic-related issues at Osakis school

Osakis mayor Dan Wessel briefly discussed the grant at the Osakis City Council's regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 14.

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OSAKIS — A grant is being applied for that could help with traffic-related issues outside the Osakis school.

Osakis mayor Dan Wessel briefly discussed the grant at the Osakis City Council's regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 14.

The grant is in the amount of $350,000 and is connected with the Safe Routes to School program offered by the state department of transportation, Wessel said.

Wessel added that the grant is being written by Superintendent Randy Bergquist, and letters are being submitted by various community members.

"All in all, this is a really good thing, and I know the school is working on a different drop-off area and a different pick-up area to make it less congested out there. They're working on that, but obviously all that comes with a price tag," Wessel said.

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Additionally, there will be a long-term strategic planning session for the school to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the school auditorium.

The issues of pedestrian safety and traffic congestion have been discussed at previous city council and school board meetings.

A no parking zone covering part of County Road 3 by the Osakis school was approved by the Douglas County Board earlier this year.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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