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  • The 2017 Senate Bonding Bill

    Bonding creates thousands of jobs for Minnesotans and invests in the things that make our state a great place to live, work and play.

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THE BILL


Bonding creates thousands of jobs for Minnesotans and invests in the things that make our state a great place to live, work and play.

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NEWS


Senate Bonding Bill includes funding for Hugo Short Line Railway

Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) is applauding the inclusion of the Hugo Short Line Railway in the bonding bill Republicans introduced this week. This $1.1 million project will help keep around more than 500 jobs in the region by fixing a railway that is nearing closure if it doesn’t get appropriate funds. Without repair, at least 10 area employers who use the line including Polar Plastics in Oakdale, would get cut off from rail service.

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PROJECTS


Wabasha Eagle Center

The National Eagle Center (NEC) in Wabasha is looking to expand its offerings. This landmark interpretive center offers close to 80,000 visitors each year the chance to learn about eagles through engaging exhibits and daily educational programs. But NEC is growing, with annual attendance figures up nine percent over last year.

The center is proposing a 19,000 square foot expansion to enrich the visitor experience and add educational value to each visit. The center is requesting $2 million in bonding from the state to fund the $4.6 million project.

Red Wing River Renaissance Project

The city of Red Wing is requesting $13 million in bonding to fund an economic development project that city leaders say will help drive tourism and make Red Wing our state’s premier river town.

The first part of the projects involves building a new transient dock to accommodate larger riverboats. The vision also includes reconfiguring portions of Levee Road to minimize high water flooding, as well as the construction of the Mississippi River Walk Trail. The trail would hug the river alongside the train tracks and will bring hikers and bicyclists to the 340-foot Barn Bluff, a nationally recognized historic site. A final part of the city-wide project is the bonding request for the Sheldon Theater.

Because of the many components that make up this project there are two separate bonding requests. The city of Red Wing is requesting $4.48 million in bonding to help finish the dock construction, Levee Road configuration and several other small river-access related projects. The city is also requesting $8.6 million in bonding to complete the Mississippi River Walk trail.

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