Due to a change of heart and change of plans by the U.S. Air Force Reserve, the long-awaited Minnesota Valley State Trail may not happen.
The Reserve recently told trail supporters that the proposed route needs to be moved due to public safety because a bomb disposal training site has been added to the Reserves property. That site lies between Hwy. 5, Interstate 494 and the Minnesota River, and according to trail supporters is the only site that will work.
According to the Star Tribune, the news comes as a blow to the State Department of Natural Resources and to refuge officials, because they’ve finally acquired enough money to survey and plan the route. The state trail, which would run from Fort Snelling to Le Sueur, was authorized in 1969.