Local Building Project Included in Bonding Bill at MN Legislature

Local Building Project Included in Bonding Bill at MN Legislature Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--As legislators head back for the second half of the session in St. Paul, a bonding bill will be part of the final weeks. During this past week's town hall meetings with area legislators each lawmaker mentioned a possible bonding bill coming out of this 2018 session. One local item on the list of projects included in the bonding bill is funding for a new building to house the Becker County museum. The museum project was submitted last month prior the legislature's break.

Becker County Administrator Jack Ingstad explained recently on KDLM that Museum Director Becky Mitchell had approached the county with this latest funding option that had the support of local legislators, District 4 Senator Kent Eken and District 4B Representative Paul Marquart to submit a bonding proposal to the state legislature for the museum project.

While District 4 legislators are on board with the bonding proposal from the museum, District 2 legislators said they were not committing to support the project in the bonding bill.

District 2B Representative Steve Green at a town hall meeting Thursday in Frazee said he has a hard time supporting anything in a bonding bill other than infrastructure.

At the same meeting Thursday, District 2 Senator Paul Utke from Park Rapids said while it's a good project, it's a long shot.

The Becker County museum is looking at building a new structure that would be attached to the Holmes Theatre. The Becker County Museum is currently an independent organization who owns the building. As a condition to receive any bonding money the museum building would be owned by the county, which is included in the bonding proposal.

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