Local Lawmakers Present Northland Bonding Projects

Posted at: 10/02/2013 12:18 AM | Updated at: 10/02/2013 12:29 AM
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

Local lawmakers are touring Minnesota, promoting several bonding projects that could mean big money coming to the Northland.

 

On Tuesday, the statewide tour stopped at the University of Minnesota Duluth.


State Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL - Chisholm) says that those big-money projects could bring jobs with it.

 

“The bonding bill is a big, big, bill. Hopefully it's in the billion dollar area,” he said. “The urgency and the need for these projects are being highlighted in this area right now, so they can be part of the bonding bill, and we can get some new buildings, new construction, new jobs up in this area.”

 

The Capital Investment Committee, on which Tomassoni sits, will look at $13 million in bonding requests for Duluth alone:

 

  • Spirit Mountain: $3.4 million to engineer, design, and construct a system that will transport water from the St. Louis River and make snow.
  • Wade Stadium: $5.7 million to repair an outdated and crumbling infrastructure.
  • The NorShor Theatre: $4.95 million to help open the theatre.
  • Lake Superior Zoo: $200,000 for renovations caused by the 2012 flood.

 

According to Sen. Tomassoni, the Committee will also look at $20 million in bonding requests for Iron Range projects.

 

  • Highway 53 Relocation: $22.2 million to acquire land, pre-design stormwater relocation, and create recreational trails.
  • Range Regional Airport: $5 million to complete an expansion.
  • Giants Ridge: $4.9 million to build a new events center.
  • The City of Eveleth: more than $2 million to design and construct a water main for the St. Mary’s Lake Development Project.
  • Northeast Regional Corrections Center: $3 million to help improve 19 buildings.

 

The Minnesota Senate bonding tour continues on the Range tomorrow and across the state through October 3rd.

 

For more information on where the lawmakers will be presenting, head to their Facebook page.

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