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State Funding for Northland Projects Likely Heading for Approval

Updated: 05/19/2014 10:46 PM
Created: 05/19/2014 10:44 PM WDIO.com

Duluth business and political leaders are celebrating money they would get in construction bills awaiting Gov. Mark Dayton's signature.

The legislature approved bonding bills on Friday with funding for five Duluth projects. 

Besides buildings at Lake Superior College and the University of Minnesota Duluth, the bills also include money for renovating the historic Norshor Theatre, Wade Stadium, and a Spirit Mountain water system.

The Spirit Mountain project will allow them to make snow in half the time and allow them to "get open earlier in the season, potentially stay open later in the season, because we'll have the capacity to make snow all winter long if conditions fail us," according to Renee Mattson, executive director of Spirit Mountain. "Heaven knows winter has not been our friend lately, so we're glad to have that in our back pocket."

The bills have a total of $111 million for Northland projects, including money for Giants Ridge, relocating Highway 53 utilities, the Reif Center in Grand Rapids, the Range Regional and International Falls airports, and Vermilion State Park.

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