SAINT PAUL — On Friday, May 3, Gov. Tim Walz (DFL) signed into law a bill that will rename a portion of Hwy. 95 after fallen corrections officer Joseph Gomm. The bill, authored by Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Marys Point) had previously passed the House and Senate with unanimous support.
Gomm was killed in an on-duty attack at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater on July 18, 2018. The bill will officially designate Hwy. 95 from I-94 in Lakeland to Hwy. 36 in Oak Park Heights as “Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm Memorial Highway.” New signage will be erected along the route, which stretches through West Lakeland Township, Bayport and Oak Park Heights. The name change is set to take effect Aug. 1.
“Officer Gomm paid the ultimate sacrifice, sacrificing his life in the line of duty to keep us safe,” Housley said in a statement. “This is a small token of this community's appreciation.”