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The O’Brien County supervisors are not opposed to the idea of expanding the Mill Creek Fitness Trail, but they did have questions about such a proposal during their meeting Tuesday, April 27.

Paullina residents Jill Rausch, Rita Kruger and Cindy Richter presented the idea to the board and requested their financial support in covering half the cost of a $2,800 engineering survey.

The other half would be covered by the city of Paullina, with which Kruger, Rausch and Richter met Monday.

Rausch said an extended trail would give a safer route for bicyclists instead of riding on county roads and could function as a path for people wanting to walk or run. The existing trail is about a mile long and goes from Mill Creek State Park to Maple Street in Paullina.

The trio had a few potential options for the expanded route, with the first measuring about 1.79 miles.

Starting about a block south of the current trail, it would go east from Maple Street along the old railroad bed that runs about a mile southeast of town before hitting Mill Creek.


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