House & Senate Approve $1.85M for New Becker County Museum in State Bonding Bill
JT Thaden | Oct 15, 2020 AT 3:41 pm
ST. PAUL, MINN. – A nearly $2 billion bonding bill passed the House on Wednesday and the Senate late Thursday.
The long-delayed bill will help pay for public works, infrastructure, and construction projects around the state including $1.85 million towards the construction of a new Becker County Museum estimated to cost $6.4 million.
The Becker County Museum currently sits about $500,000 away from a spring groundbreaking according to Becky Mitchell at the Museum, "It's almost indescribable, you kind of keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. We've been working on a new facility for at least 15 years if not longer. It's so exciting."
Mitchell hopes the new facility will be a regional destination, not only will it house all of Becker County's local history components, but the museum will also have a hands on Learning Children and Science Center, classroom spaces for camps, a sound studio to record current history to save for the future.
"It opens up the world of opportunity for not only traveling exhibits, but exhibits featuring our local science exhibits as well; it brings so much opportunity within the region," says Mitchell.
Governor Walz will now take up the bill and is likely to sign it into law.