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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


Riverland Community College

Riverland Community College in Albert Lea is asking for more than $7 million in state bonding for the design, construction and renovation of their transportation, trade and industrial education center. The Albert Lea campus has not been upgraded since the early 1970s and much of the space is outdated and inefficient. Industry partners with the campus have expressed their concern over the outdated facilities.

The proposal calls for the renovation of nearly 40,000 square feet, which houses the Automotive and Diesel programs, and relocating the Truck Driving and Collision Repair programs from Austin to Albert Lea to integrate the two programs into a shared space.

Project leaders say this project aligns with a DEED initiative to supply workers in the transportation, construction and energy fields.

Lanesboro Dam

The small town of Lanesboro, located in the heart of Bluff Country, is requesting $3 million in bonding to repair the Lanesboro Stone Dam. The dam sits on the popular Root River and was built in 1868 using a now obsolete method of un-mortared limestone – one of only six structures like it in the U.S.

This aging infrastructure is considered a ‘high hazard dam’ by the DNR, which means it does not meet the required factors of safety for stability, and its failure could cause the loss of human life. The DNR is requesting $3 million to repair the dam – which sits on the National Register of Historic Places. It is because of this very designation that makes repairing the dam more difficult, because different techniques must be used to preserve its historic significance.

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