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August 18, 2014

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Lora Powell

I am curious about your quote in the August 19 paper that you said, "I would be shocked that Pat Garofalo would stand in the way of private investments in our community., despite the fact that it's rail." I haven't seen explanation of the zip rail project as a private investment project so I don't understand that comment. Earlier in the article it stated Olmsted County requested $15 million from the state for Zip Rail. That is not a private investment.

Heather J. Carlson

That quote from Rep. Kim Norton regarding private investments related to Zip
Rail relates to comments from Olmsted County officials that there has been continued interest from private companies to pay for the actual construction of the Zip Rail line. But when it comes to the environmental studies needed for the Zip Rail line, public dollars are being sought.

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