Sen. Reinert advocates for Duluth bonding projects
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senator Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) testified today in support of three bonding bills focused on improvements to two popular Duluth attractions and restoration of the historic Norshore Theatre. The attractions include Wade Stadium and Spirit Mountain. All three bills, chief-authored by Sen. Reinert, include a commitment of non-state funds to accompany the allocated bond proceeds.
“When I look at these three projects and the roles they play in our community, there’s no reason one should take precedence over another,” said Sen. Reinert. “I feel confident that we can fund all three of them.”
Attention being paid to the Wade Stadium renovation project increased following the collapse of about 600 square feet of exterior brick wall along the first base line a few weeks ago. This collapse helped motivate Sen. Reinert to ask for more bonding dollars than the original $250,000 request. During his testimony today, Sen. Reinert requested $5.7 million in bonds to fund the whole project from design to building restoration.
“Wade Stadium fills a great need in our community,” continued Sen. Reinert. “I am an advocate of taking care of what we have now rather than spending more on entirely new projects. Let’s strike while the iron’s hot and take care of Wade Stadium.”
Which projects make it into the final bonding bill is yet to be determined. Traditionally, even years of a biennium are reserved for bonding, but the legislature is looking at passing a bill this year. “All three of these are important projects for Duluth and I think we have a strong case for their inclusion in the next bonding bill,” said Sen. Reinert.