Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Nov. 17, 2017

MnDOT adds listening session regarding mowing/haying on state right of way

Nine listening sessions taking place across the state to hear from all Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is adding a ninth listening session regarding mowing and haying on state rights of way. That session will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at MnDOT’s District headquarters at 2900 - 48th St. NW, Rochester. 
The agency recently announced it will conduct a series of listening sessions across the state to hear from Minnesotans about their concerns and wishes regarding mowing and haying. Listening sessions will, or have been, conducted in the following communities: 

Oct. 30, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
University of Minnesota Crookston – Bede Ballroom – 2900 University Ave., Crookston

Nov. 14, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
South Central College – 1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato

Nov. 15, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
U of M Morris Conference Room, 600 E 4th St., Morris

Metro (Two options)
Nov. 16, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
MnDOT Training and Conference Center – 1900 County Road West, Shoreview

Nov. 21, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dakota Lodge at Thompson Park Center – 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul

Nov. 20, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
MnDOT HQ Baxter – 7694 Industrial Park Rd, Baxter

Dec. 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
MnDOT HQ Rochester - 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester

Detailed information on the listening sessions is available on MnDOT’s mowing and haying website. Concerned individuals who cannot attend a listening session, are invited to submit a public comment via a comment form on MnDOT’s website.

Why is MnDOT holding listening sessions? In late 2016, MnDOT sent out a news release reminding the public that permits were required to mow and hay in state rights of way. It provided a new permit form and announced the deadlines for permit applications. Due to public concern, during the 2017 state legislative session, the Legislature imposed a one-year moratorium on enforcing the permitting requirements for mowing and haying on state rights of way. Legislators directed MnDOT to conduct public outreach and provide recommendations to the legislature regarding mowing and haying in state rights of way. The legislation regarding this issue can be found here.