After a great deal of hard work and negotiations, Maplewood State Park has been given approval by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to place a sign on Highway 108, alerting drivers to the exit for the state park, located in Pelican Lake.
The sign, which will be erected this spring, has been a collaborative project involving the Friends of Maplewood State Park, Sen. Cal Larson, Rep. Dean Simpson, the Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Department of Tourism and myself, for a number of years. Jane Aschnewitz, an active member of the Friends of Maplewood and the Pelican Lake community, spear-headed a great deal of the negotiations.
The road sign will direct tourists to the simplest route to the park, a beautiful asset to the Pelican Lake community and our district. The $34,000 cost has been generously donated through a grant from the Dr. Frank W. Vedene Trust and local M&R Sign Co. is working with the Department of Transportation on the design and manufacturing of the sign.
I would like to thank those members of Friends of Maplewood State Park and the Pelican Lakes community, specifically Jane Aschnewitz, for their hard work, patience and dedication to making our local Maplewood State Park as tourist-friendly as possible.
Rep. Nornes is serving his sixth term in the Minnesota House. He can be reached at the Capitol by calling 651-296-4946. He is also available by email at email@example.com. His office is located at 277 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.