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.
In an effort to coordinate greater investment in local roads and highways within his district, Senator Jerry Newton (DFL-Blaine) has recently introduced several bonding bills requesting state investment in local transportation projects. The four bills address construction needs for roads in Blaine, Coon Rapids and Anoka.
Senator Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) got straight to work during his first full week as the state senator representing District 58. Sen. Little introduced three bonding bills this week which all address water-related projects.
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.
Monday morning, Chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) unveiled his $1.5 billion bonding bill which makes significant investments in transportation, education and critical water and environmental infrastructure projects.
This bill makes significant investments in transportation, education and critical water and environmental infrastructure projects. In a year that shined the light on our state’s and nation’s aging water infrastructure, those projects feature prominently in Sen. Stumpf’s bill. Likewise, a quarter of the bill is dedicated to transportation projects including a transit access project along I-35 and several high profile rail safety projects.
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.
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.