High-speed rail will be one of the topics when state legislators visit Duluth Dec. 11 to hold an official field hearing on transportation issues affecting Northeast Minnesota. The hearing will be conducted by the Transportation Finance and Policy Division of the Minnesota House of Representatives. All residents are invited to attend, and the committee welcomes public testimony.

The field hearing will be conducted from 1:30-4 p.m. in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom at the University of Minnesota Duluth, 1120 Kirby Drive.

Individuals who wish to provide testimony may sign up by contacting committee administrator John Howe at john.howe@house.mn.

Among the bills to be heard is one by local state Reps. Mary Murphy, Jennifer Schultz and Liz Olson that outlines funding for the proposed Northern Lights Express high-speed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth. Their bill would sell $4 million in bonds to fund the completion of project engineering. The funding would additionally be used to demonstrate the local commitment necessary to unlock access to federal funds.

The hearing was announced in a news release by the American Public Works Association.