State money needed to secure federal clean-up funds

The St. Louis River is the second largest tributary to Lake Superior. In 1987, the estuary at the river’s mouth – including the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior – was designated the St. Louis River Area of Concern (SLRAOC) by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement due to its sedimentary contamination. Caused by previous and current land use, the contamination of sediments includes elevated levels of metals, mercury, pesticides, and other pollutants. This pollution has caused imbalances in the ...
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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. The exhibit was destroyed during the devastating floods of 2012, and the Zoo has been unable to fully recover. To help restore the Lake Superior Zoo $1.9 million in state dollars is sought ...
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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. The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is requesting $34 million in bonding funds from the State of Minnesota and ...
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Searching for safety on Hanson Boulevard

For anyone who’s familiar with traveling on Hanson Boulevard in Coon Rapids – you know that delays due to trains are a common occurrence. These delays have grown more frequent over the years leading to this segment being designed the ‘busiest rail line in the state. An average of 81 trains travel on this line, owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) -- many as long as 125 cars in length. To make matters more congested, this region is ...
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Sen. Clausen: Enhancing pedestrian accessibility in Apple Valley

As the start of the Legislative Session is quickly approaching I am excited to have the opportunity to advocate for $5 million in bonding funds to complete an elevated walkway at Cedar and 147th transit station in Apple Valley. The pedestrian sky bridge walkway will connect the two transit stations over a busy intersection on Cedar Avenue and County Road 42. The new walkway, once completed, is expected to spur significant economic development along the Cedar Avenue/ Highway 77 transit ...
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