• A new vision for the Lake Superior Zoo

      Throughout its 90 plus year history, the Lake Superior Zoo has educated and entertained thousands of Minnesotans; in the last year alone, the Zoo had more than 87,000 visitors. But one of its favorite attractions, the Polar Shores exhibit, has been vacant for close to four years.

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    • Historic Fort Snelling: Bridging Our Past to a Brighter Future

      For thousands of years, the area around Historic Fort Snelling has evoked both pride and pain for people of many backgrounds. It is also a place of great beauty, located at the confluence of the mighty Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Currently, Fort Snelling is unable to fully share its integral part of Minnesota history due to serious structural issues and limited space.

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  • The Reading Center and Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota

    An organization that helps 8,700 students struggling with dyslexia is asking for the state’s help in the construction of a new building. The Reading Center, located in Rochester, was started in 1951 and offers a multitude of services for people who are diagnosed with dyslexia.

    Dyslexia is frequently difficult to diagnose and effects 15 to 20 percent of the population. The Reading Center is asking for a $1.5 million match from the state to construct a new building to increase the number of teachers and students they serve.

    Project leaders say early detection of dyslexia reduces the cost for the government and improves the quality of life with those diagnosed with dyslexia.

    Preston Veterans Home

    The City of Preston is proposing to build a new veterans home. The Fillmore County seat in the far southeast corner of the state is 70 miles away from other veterans homes and could potentially serve close to 25,000 veterans living in the region.

    As the newest site proposing to build a veterans home, city leaders and advocates made their bonding pitch to committee members, citing the number of veterans who could be served and the peaceful location. The new home would offer skilling nursing care, specialized care unites for Dementia and Alzheimer’s, 24/7 domiciliary care, adult daycare services and much more.

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A new vision for the Lake Superior Zoo

Throughout its 90 plus year history, the Lake Superior Zoo has educated and entertained thousands of Minnesotans; in the last year alone, the Zoo had more than 87,000 visitors. But one of its favorite attractions, the Polar Shores exhibit, has been vacant for close to four years.

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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.

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.

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