The MN House Bonding Committee Visits Detroit Lakes

The MN House Bonding Committee Visits Detroit Lakes Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Members of the House Capital Investment Committee listened to pitches for bonding money for a new museum and the Heartland Trail Extension project in Detroit Lakes Thursday.

The Becker County Historical Society's plans to build a new $6 million museum. The museum is asking the committee to include $3 million in the bonding bill.

Members of the Heartland Trail Committee from Detroit Lakes, Becker County and Clay County were also on hand and with a presentation to request $4.2 million to finish the trail extension from Detroit Lakes to Frazee and for planning and design of the the trail's final leg to Moohead.

Legislators on the House bonding committee made stops yesterday in northwestern Minnesota communities who have submitted bonding money requests from the State Legislature.

Sen. Kent Eken, Bruce Imholte (Detroit Lakes Alderman, Heartland Trail Committee), Rep. Mary Murphy, Becky Mitchell (Becker Co. Museum Director), Dan Farnsworth (Clay Co.), Rep. Paul Marquart, Mike Hewitt (Clay Co.)

Detroit Lakes was the first stop Thursday morning. Hermantown Democrat Mary Murphy, chair of the committee, said this tour is to see first-hand the projects, the communities they heard about last session who requested bonding money.

Murphy says the 2020 session is a bonding session and she'd like to see a bill over the $ 1.5 billion proposed last legislative session that ultimately didn't pass.

District 4B Representative Paul Marquart of Dilworth who's been instrumental in helping the Becker County Museum and the Heartland Trail Committee get their projects in front of the bonding committee was on hand Thursday. Marquart says the Museum project and Heartland trail both impact the area's economy and are certainly within the parameters of bonding money consideration.

Besides Detroit Lakes, the committee traveled to Moorhead, Thief River Falls and Bemidji Thursday. Friday the committee travels to Browerville, Little Falls, Becker and then back to the Twin Cities. It's the first of five tours the group will make.

District 4 Senator Kent Eken of Twin Valley was on hand at the presentations in Detroit Lakes Thursday. He sits on the Senate Capital Investment Committee. Eken says it's a challenge for legislators to decide what projects to include in a bonding bill as there about four times as many requests as there is money. Eken says both the Museum and Heartland Trail are projects that have an impact on the region.

The Senate Capital Investment Committee hits the road in October.

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