Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Nov. 3, 2017

MnDOT seeks public comment regarding mowing/haying on state right of way

Eight listening sessions being held across the state to hear from Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will conduct two mowing/haying listening sessions this week in Marshall and St. Cloud.

Nov. 8, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Marshall Middle School – 401 South Saratoga Street, Marshall

St. Cloud
Nov. 9, 2017 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
St. Cloud - MnDOT Conference Center, 3725 12th St. N., St. Cloud

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 held in the following other 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

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 Baxter – 7694 Industrial Park Rd, Baxter

Detailed information on the listening sessions is available at the project website. Additionally, concerned individuals who cannot attend a listening session, are invited to submit a public comment via MnDOT’s website.

In late 2016, MnDOT sent out a news release reminding the public that permits were required to mow and hay in state right of way and that a new permit form was available, and announced the deadlines for permit applications. Due to public concern, during the 2017 state legislative session, the Legislature imposed a moratorium on permitting for mowing and haying on state rights of way. Legislators directed MnDOT to conduct public outreach and develop a legislative proposal regarding mowing and haying in state right of way. The legislation regarding this issue can be found here.