Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan visits Duluth armory

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Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan toured and spoke at the historic Duluth armory arts and music center on Thursday.

The armory played a critical role in times of war, and later served as a concert venue for the likes of Buddy Holly, Bob Hope, Bob Dylan and many more.

The Minnesota legislature contributed $4.5-million dollars toward renovating the Duluth armory this last session.

“Being in this space, it’s pretty moving,” Flanagan said. “It’s overwhelming when you think of all of the things that have happened here. So there’s a reason that we do this because now I can bring the feeling, the heart, the spirit of the space back to Saint Paul as we work with our legislative partners to try to advance more investments in projects just like this one.”

The armory arts and music center renovation plan has been a 20-year long effort. The restoration will provide community space for economic and entrepreneurial development, arts and culture.

Along with developer, Sherman and Associates, it’s a $47-million dollar project.

Construction begins next summer with plans to open to the public in 2025. For more details click here.