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Final Plan Includes $111 Million for Northland

Updated: 05/16/2014 3:40 PM
Created: 05/16/2014 11:17 AM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Senate has passed two bills funding construction construction projects statewide, including $111 million for projects in the Northland.  The plan now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature.

The $846 million bonding bill vote was 47-17, easily exceeding the required three-fifths majority.

A separate $200 million cash package for public infrastructure projects passed 44-19. The House passed both measures earlier Friday morning.

From hiking trails to prison repairs to laboratories on college campuses, the plan is chock full of building projects in every corner of the state.

The largest single item is $126 million to complete the Capitol renovation. The smallest is $78,000 for work on a historic bridge in Hanover. It also includes $22 million for the Lewis and Clark water project in southwestern Minnesota.

Northland projects in the bill include:

  • AEOA office building, $3 million
  • Aitkin County Fairground food services building, $325,000 (cash)
  • Bemidji State University, $13.79 million
  • Big Lake Area Sanitary Sewer District, $4.5 million
  • Duluth-NorShor Theater, $6.95 million (cash)
  • Duluth-Spirit Mountain water system, $3.4 million (cash)
  • Duluth-Wade Stadium, $2.3 million (cash)
  • Giants Ridge, $3.8 million (cash)
  • Hermantown regional health study, $250,000 (cash)
  • International Falls Airport, $2.2 million
  • Lake Superior College, $5.266 million
  • Lake Superior-Poplar River Water District, $1.11 million (cash)
  • Northeast Higher Education District, $3.344 million
  • Northeast Regional Corrections Center, $1 million
  • Range Regional Airport, $5 million
  • Red Lake School District, $5.491 million
  • Reif Center-Grand Rapids ISD 318, $3.897 million
  • Rice Lake Twp. Water main, $1.168 million
  • St. Louis Co. Sheriff's Rescue/Storage facility, $700,000
  • Sandstone business park, $200,000 (cash)
  • UMD building, $1.5 million
  • Vermilion State Park, $14 million
  • Virginia-Hwy. 53 utility relocation. $19.5 million
  • Voyageurs/BWCAW water treatment, $8.567 million

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