Isaac Snyder, a fifth-grade student from Lanesboro Elementary, has been selected as one of three winners in the 2016 “Mayor for a Day” essay contest, sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC). Snyder’s entry was chosen as one of the top-three entries from the submissions of more than 450 Minnesota students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

Peyton Olson, a sixth-grader from Lanesboro, received an honorable mention.

For the 2016 essay contest, students were asked to reflect on the following prompt: “Minnesota cities build and take care of streets, roads, and sidewalks to help people get from place to place. Some cities also have buses and bike trails. If you were mayor for a day, what would you do to make it easier for residents to get from place to place in your city? Please explain your ideas, why you support them, and how they would work.”

In his essay, Isaac highlights some of the ways he would make it easier for residents of his town to get from place to place and “see all of Lanesboro.”

“If I were mayor for a day,” he wrote, “I would have Molly the Trolley give people rides to where they need to go. I would also have more trails for people to walk as I think it would be cool if on the sides of the sidewalks there would be cool things for people to do. I would add trails that go to the top of the bluffs so people could see all of Lanesboro. I think it would be fun to rent segways for people to ride on. I think segways would be fun and an easy thing to get around on. I would add a sidewalk from Riverside on the Root to the Hawaiian Shaved Ice so that people could better see the dam and river as they walk by. Finally, I would offer an Uber Service. This would not cost the town any money since people own their own cars. Drivers can take you to doctor appointments, to the grocery store and many more places.”

Snyder, along with the other two winners, Gabriel Lewis from Cambridge and Sawyer Haaland of Bloomington will all receive a commemorative plaque and a check for $100.

Olson will receive a certificate for her submission and honorable mention.

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