Minnewaska schools will participate in street project celebration on Oct. 5

By Tim Douglass, Publisher of the Pope County Tribune

Minneaska Area Schools Superintendent Chip Rankin and others are currently working on details, but the school district is set to celebrate with the Glenwood community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in downtown Glenwood on Friday, Oct. 5

In a show of community pride, area residents, students and businesses will come together in Glenwood to celebrate the completion of the Complete Streets project.

The celebration reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Franklin Street in downtown Glenwood.  

Along with the ceremony, the Minnewaska Area Schools will be involved, providing music in the plaza, as well as suppling Homecoming floats for the parade. Students from elementary through high schools will participate, it was decided this week.  More details on student involvement will be coming in the next few weeks.

Charles Zelle, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), will also be on hand for the ribbon cutting, along with other MnDOT dignitaries, contractors, city officials, civic leaders and others.

Save the date

Mark your calendars because the public is invited to the event, which will feature refreshments, a short program, the ribbon cutting and a parade down the newly reconstructed Minnesota Avenue.

The date of the celebration was chosen because it is also Homecoming week for Minnewaska Area Schools (MAS), and students and parents can be part of  the celebration.  

In addition, businesses along Minnesota Avenue and Franklin Street are encouraged to decorate their buildings with blue and green to show school and “community pride.”

The parade is set to travel down Minnesota Avenue from Casey’s to the Pope County Fairgrounds.  Although still in the planning stages, the parade will feature equipment from MnDOT and Riley Brothers Construction, Waterama royalty, Homecoming floats, Homecoming royalty, local individuals and businesses. 

Also stated that anyone who wants to ride a bicycle in the parade should show up and participate, it was stated by members of the Grow Glenwood Committee, the group organizing the event.

A special thank you to Rankin, the board, staff and students for wanting to be involved.  Continue to watch the Pope County Tribune for more details on the celebration in the coming weeks.  

Staying  patient

The Complete Streets project was a bit unnerving for those trying to get around Glenwood last week.  Work was being done on Franklin Street, both north and south of the Minnesota Avenue intersection, as well as on Minnesota Avenue East.

All that work meant delays at some intersections, difficulty traveling on Franklin Street and delays at the stop light.  

Thank you to local drivers for their patience and continuing “Glenwood Nice” during this difficult construction period.  It has been a long summer, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and kudos to the diligence and perseverence of the construction workers.