Newly elected leaders dedicate support for I-94 expansion

Three newly elected leaders told the St. Michael City Council, in its final meeting of the year, that Interstate 94 improvements top their list of goals.

David FitzSimmons, newly elected state representative for Dist. 30B — which includes St. Michael, Albertville, Hanover and Otsego — said he would be on the legislative transportation committee, and would do all he can to advance the I-94 expansion project. Such a project seeks to add lanes between Rogers and Monticello.

FitzSimmons said that as soon as he moves into office and receives his contact information, he would forward it to city staff and the council. He also said he’s ready to represent St. Michael’s best interests and told the council to contact him if there is anything he can do for the city.

Mayor Jerry Zachman and council members Chris Schumm, Nadine Schoen, Joe Marx and Kevin Kasel thanked FitzSimmons for his time and for sending a letter to the Minnesota Department of Transportation regarding the importance of the I-94 expansion project.

Next to address the council were newly elected Wright County Commissioners Mike Potter and Mark Daleiden. This was the first election since redistricting where St. Michael was split into two commissioner districts, and Potter and Daleiden thus both represent the city.

Daleiden said he wants to see things grow and change and keep taxes low. Potter said he would push to get on transportation and economic committees.

Both commissioners said they understand the importance of the I-94 expansion project and would be working to have the county become more involved in the project. The council also thanked the commissioners for coming and for their support of the I-94 project.