Sen. Frentz promotes area projects; works to secure important local grants
ST. PAUL, Minn – Senator Nick Frentz presented several bills in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee on March 20 to advocate for state funds for local projects. Included in the presentation, Sen. Frentz asked for a grant to reconstruct the Minnesota Square Park Pavilion and made several funding requests for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.
Sen. Frentz advocated to secure a $450,000 grant for the City of St. Peter to reconstruct the Minnesota Square Park pavilion. The pavilion is a cultural landmark and is the center of many community events. A tornado struck the pavilion in 1999, which made it structurally unsafe. In addition, the pavilion is not accessible for those with disabilities. The total project cost is $900,000 and Sen. Frentz asked for $450,000 to enter into a state and locally-funded partnership with the city to complete the renovations.
There were three bills for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. The first appropriates $400,000 from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for a grant to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. This important museum is not only a cultural center for Southern Minnesota, but also teaches children the importance of agricultural education, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota will use the funds to increase access for school and early learning groups, take the museum to other communities and improve the exhibit experiences.
The second request was $200,000 from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for a grant to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota to install the Mni Wiconi exhibit, which will connect children with Minnesota’s Dakota history and cultural heritage. The third, is an additional $200,000 from the Clean Water Fund to finish the Mni Wiconi water exhibit and teach children the importance helping protect, enhance, and restore water quality in Minnesota.
“I am proud to advocate for these important local projects,” Sen. Frentz said. “Our communities are only as strong as the assets we have to support our families and children. Both the remodeling of the pavilion in St Peter and supporting and improving the important work of the Children’s Museum for our families will make Southern Minnesota a great place to live for all ages.”