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Published July 22, 2009, 01:51 PM

Stimulus to build bike trail to new Minn. ballpark

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More than $1 million in federal stimulus money will bring a Minneapolis bike trail to the plaza outside the new Minnesota Twins ballpark.

By: MARTIGA LOHN, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More than $1 million in federal stimulus money will bring a Minneapolis bike trail to the plaza outside the new Minnesota Twins ballpark.

A project coordinator with Hennepin County says spending $1.2 million of stimulus money on the trail doesn't break rules against using federal recovery dollars for sports stadiums.

Chuck Ballentine, deputy coordinator of the county's ballpark project office, says building a spur off the Cedar Lake Trail will employ 8 to 10 construction workers later this year. Cyclists will get a direct route to light-rail and commuter train stops next to Target Field.

The Metropolitan Council approved the request from Hennepin County and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority last month.

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