The projects below reflect those for which we were able to gather supporting materials and multimedia. There are hundreds of local government and state agency project requests. If you’d like to see a project highlighted below, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. 

St. Cloud State University – Eastman Hall

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) leaders are looking to renovate one of the oldest buildings on the St. Cloud Campus, and they are looking to the state for help. Campus officials want to renovate Eastman Hall to co-locate academic and health-related programs and create a consolidated student health center.

Officials say the new building will help with reducing the stigma of seeking mental health services and allow the school to address changing student demographics and the future landscape of healthcare demands. Currently, Eastman Hall contains an unused two-story gym and a drained pool, the school is asking for $18.5 million to complete the project.

Split Rock Lighthouse

The historic Split Rock Lighthouse north of Two Harbors is due for an upgrade according to the Minnesota Historical Society. The bonding request totals $1.4 million, and would go towards expansion of facilities and enhancements to the site.

The Split Rock project is one of several historic sites designated by the Minnesota Historical Society as needing preservation and improvement. These buildings and grounds have been named as being of historic national or state significance and require more expensive. This is just one project the Minnesota Historical Society has requested; all 13 project requests total more than $5.7 million.

Lake Superior Zoo

The Lake Superior Zoo is seeking $1.9 million in state dollars to convert its Polar Shores exhibit into an amphitheater. The exhibit was destroyed during Duluth’s 2012 floods, and the Zoo wants to transform the space into a special events center that could host a variety of private and public functions including small concerts, educational programming and fundraising events. The 2012 floods were a real economic blow to the city, and the Zoo is still working hard to fully recover. This bonding request will help the Zoo turn a vacant exhibit into a new energetic center at the heart of the facility. The total project cost is $3.8 million.

Duluth Energy Systems

The 83-year-old steam system at Duluth Energy Systems is in need of some modernizations according to city leaders. The city is requesting $21 million in bonding for the design, construction, and implementation of major energy efficient improvements to the facility. Project leaders say the conversion will reduce carbon emissions as well as provide more reliable heat for 165 downtown Duluth buildings.

The plan calls for a modern, closed loop hot water system that would replace the inefficient 1930s era hot water system. Project designers say the new system would be less energy intensive, use less water and chemicals, and would transition away from coal as the primary heat source in the creation of steam. The total project cost is $42 million.

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

More than 30,000 people a year visit Minnesota’s deepest and oldest mine in Soudan. However, the old mine is in need of some improvements according to the Minnesota DNR. The DNR is asking for $3 million to upgrade the mine shaft in order to reduce corrosion and fire hazards. A fire in the main shaft several years ago has underscored the need for improvements within the mine, not only to keep the public and employees safe but also to preserve this historic site.

The mine is not only a tourist destination, but ground breaking science projects are being performed there as well. A high tech particle lab has been a tenant for a number of years, and more recently pre-historic microbes were found in one of the tunnels of the mine.

Two Harbors Transient Boat Docking Facility

Despite being one of the largest communities on Lake Superior’s north shore, Two Harbors lacks a transient boat dock. That’s why city leaders are asking for $750,000 in state bonding to design and engineer one. The project will allow boats to dock in Two Harbors for up to ten days and will be located adjacent to downtown businesses.

City leaders say the small craft harbor is part of a larger project of improving the waterfront on Agate Bay and will be an economic catalyst for businesses along the North Shore. The additional docking space will benefit boaters around the region and provide a place of refuge during storms. This most recent plan replaces a more expensive plan that was proposed in 2014.

Moose Lake Riverside Arena

The City of Moose Lake is looking for $800,000 for the renovation and expansion of the Riverside Arena. The arena is used for hockey, concerts, and other community events, and is in dire need of new locker rooms, office, and expanded community areas, according to city officials.

The City of Moose Lake is 70% tax exempt so city leaders say levying can prove difficult, especially as levying is the only means to deal with road and infrastructure for a city under a population of 3,000. The total project amount is $1.1 million dollars and would add 5,000 square feet to the existing building.

Hibbing Community College

The changing needs of students has forced administrators at Hibbing Community College to re-evaluate their building needs. They are asking for nearly $10 million for realignment of the front door of campus as well as major renovations of five other buildings to more efficiently utilize the existing space.

Campus officials say that the renovations and realignments will save an estimated $600,000 annually and significantly reduce the deferred maintenance log. Hibbing is a major population center on the Iron Range and HCC is the school of choice for many residents. School leaders are adamant that the improvements will allow them to better serve their current students and recruit new ones.

Previously the state awarded money for design of the project.

Vermilion Community College

The city of Ely is asking for the state’s help in providing funding for infrastructure and housing for students at Vermilion Community College. The $1.8 million would go towards a new dorm unit for the college as well as providing street and sewer services to the Ely Business Park. Currently, some students attending Vermilion Community College are living in trailers on campus, a less than ideal situation for a college hoping to recruit more students.

Being a small, tourism-dominated city, Ely lacks the capital resources to move forward on the project by themselves, but city leaders say they have secured other grants to help with the cost.

Total project cost is $8.4 million.

St. Louis River Area of Concern

Pollution in the St. Louis River estuary is a growing concern for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and that’s why they are asking the state for more than $12 million to complete remediation site design and sediment clean up. The St. Louis River Area of Concern (SLRAOC) was listed in 1987 as one of 43 Great Lakes Areas of Concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Sediment contamination in the LSRAOC date from a time prior to the adoption of environmental regulations. Contaminated sediments contribute to eight of the nine recognized impairments in these waters.

The ultimate goal is for the area to be cleaned up and no longer listed as impaired. The total project cost is $72.6 million.

Moose Lake Riverside Arena

The City of Moose Lake is looking for $800,000 for the renovation and expansion of the Riverside Arena. The arena is used for hockey, concerts, and other community events, and is in dire need of new locker rooms, office, and expanded community areas, according to city officials.

The City of Moose Lake is 70% tax exempt so city leaders say levying can prove difficult, especially as levying is the only means to deal with road and infrastructure for a city under a population of 3,000. The total project amount is $1.1 million dollars and would add 5,000 square feet to the existing building.

Split Rock Lighthouse

The historic Split Rock Lighthouse north of Two Harbors is due for an upgrade according to the Minnesota Historical Society. The bonding request totals $1.4 million, and would go towards expansion of facilities and enhancements to the site.

The Split Rock project is one of several historic sites designated by the Minnesota Historical Society as needing preservation and improvement. These buildings and grounds have been named as being of historic national or state significance and require more expensive. This is just one project the Minnesota Historical Society has requested; all 13 project requests total more than $5.7 million.

Duluth Energy Systems

The 83-year-old steam system at Duluth Energy Systems is in need of some modernizations according to city leaders. The city is requesting $21 million in bonding for the design, construction, and implementation of major energy efficient improvements to the facility. Project leaders say the conversion will reduce carbon emissions as well as provide more reliable heat for 165 downtown Duluth buildings.

The plan calls for a modern, closed loop hot water system that would replace the inefficient 1930s era hot water system. Project designers say the new system would be less energy intensive, use less water and chemicals, and would transition away from coal as the primary heat source in the creation of steam. The total project cost is $42 million.

Two Harbors Transient Boat Docking Facility

Despite being one of the largest communities on Lake Superior’s north shore, Two Harbors lacks a transient boat dock. That’s why city leaders are asking for $750,000 in state bonding to design and engineer one. The project will allow boats to dock in Two Harbors for up to ten days and will be located adjacent to downtown businesses.

City leaders say the small craft harbor is part of a larger project of improving the waterfront on Agate Bay and will be an economic catalyst for businesses along the North Shore. The additional docking space will benefit boaters around the region and provide a place of refuge during storms. This most recent plan replaces a more expensive plan that was proposed in 2014.

Hibbing Community College

The changing needs of students has forced administrators at Hibbing Community College to re-evaluate their building needs. They are asking for nearly $10 million for realignment of the front door of campus as well as major renovations of five other buildings to more efficiently utilize the existing space.

Campus officials say that the renovations and realignments will save an estimated $600,000 annually and significantly reduce the deferred maintenance log. Hibbing is a major population center on the Iron Range and HCC is the school of choice for many residents. School leaders are adamant that the improvements will allow them to better serve their current students and recruit new ones.

Previously the state awarded money for design of the project.

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

More than 30,000 people a year visit Minnesota’s deepest and oldest mine in Soudan. However, the old mine is in need of some improvements according to the Minnesota DNR. The DNR is asking for $3 million to upgrade the mine shaft in order to reduce corrosion and fire hazards. A fire in the main shaft several years ago has underscored the need for improvements within the mine, not only to keep the public and employees safe but also to preserve this historic site.

The mine is not only a tourist destination, but ground breaking science projects are being performed there as well. A high tech particle lab has been a tenant for a number of years, and more recently pre-historic microbes were found in one of the tunnels of the mine.

St. Cloud State University – Eastman Hall

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) leaders are looking to renovate one of the oldest buildings on the St. Cloud Campus, and they are looking to the state for help. Campus officials want to renovate Eastman Hall to co-locate academic and health-related programs and create a consolidated student health center.

Officials say the new building will help with reducing the stigma of seeking mental health services and allow the school to address changing student demographics and the future landscape of healthcare demands. Currently, Eastman Hall contains an unused two-story gym and a drained pool, the school is asking for $18.5 million to complete the project.

Vermilion Community College

The city of Ely is asking for the state’s help in providing funding for infrastructure and housing for students at Vermilion Community College. The $1.8 million would go towards a new dorm unit for the college as well as providing street and sewer services to the Ely Business Park. Currently, some students attending Vermilion Community College are living in trailers on campus, a less than ideal situation for a college hoping to recruit more students.

Being a small, tourism-dominated city, Ely lacks the capital resources to move forward on the project by themselves, but city leaders say they have secured other grants to help with the cost.

Total project cost is $8.4 million.

Lake Superior Zoo

The Lake Superior Zoo is seeking $1.9 million in state dollars to convert its Polar Shores exhibit into an amphitheater. The exhibit was destroyed during Duluth’s 2012 floods, and the Zoo wants to transform the space into a special events center that could host a variety of private and public functions including small concerts, educational programming and fundraising events. The 2012 floods were a real economic blow to the city, and the Zoo is still working hard to fully recover. This bonding request will help the Zoo turn a vacant exhibit into a new energetic center at the heart of the facility. The total project cost is $3.8 million.

St. Louis River Area of Concern

Pollution in the St. Louis River estuary is a growing concern for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and that’s why they are asking the state for more than $12 million to complete remediation site design and sediment clean up. The St. Louis River Area of Concern (SLRAOC) was listed in 1987 as one of 43 Great Lakes Areas of Concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Sediment contamination in the LSRAOC date from a time prior to the adoption of environmental regulations. Contaminated sediments contribute to eight of the nine recognized impairments in these waters.

The ultimate goal is for the area to be cleaned up and no longer listed as impaired. The total project cost is $72.6 million.

 

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