Bonding Tour to Look at More Than $22 Million in Requests in District 17

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The second leg of an extensive statewide bonding tour will be making stops throughout Senator Lyle Koenen’s (DFL-Clara City) Senate District 17 next week. The Capital Investment Committee members will be hearing project presentations from the Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority, Montevideo Veterans Home and the Montevideo Levee Project. Committee members will also get the chance to tour the Kandiyohi Area Transit Center and the Glacial Lakes State Trail at Sibley State Park.

Senator Koenen is a strong supporter of the Veterans nursing home that the city of Montevideo hopes to build. The community has already pledged $2 million to the project. The city is requesting bonding funds totaling $9 million to help design, construct, furnish and equip the home.

“Our veterans are men and woman who have given everything to protect our country. They deserve a safe and welcoming place to help serve them back at home. The Montevideo Veterans Home is a well-thought-out project and I can’t think of a more deserving population who will benefit,” Senator Koenen said.

The Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority is requesting $10 million in bonding for environmental studies, design and rehabilitation of the railroad track that runs from Norwood-Young America to Hanley Falls. The project will be presented at 1:30 pm at Minnesota State University-Mankato on October 16.

On Thursday, October 17 at 1:15 pm at Southwest Minnesota State University, the Capital Investment Committee will hear presentations on both the Montevideo Veterans home and the levee project. In Montevideo the current levee was built in 1969. The city is requesting $3.5 million in bonding funds for a flood hazard mitigation grant to help prevent or alleviate flood damage in the future by designing and reconstructing the current levee.

“The city of Montevideo has experienced devastating flooding far too often. The current levee is out-of-date and needs to be repaired and updated,” Senator Koenen said.

On the final day of the Southwest Minnesota bonding tour committee members will visit the Kandiyohi Area Transit Center at 8:15 am on October 18. The city of Willmar is requesting $550,000 in order to build an additional bus storage garage.

Finally the bonding tour will visit Sibley State Park in New London at 9:45 am also on October 18. The committee members will take a project tour of the Glacial Lakes State Trail. The bonding request totals $1.5 million to help acquire land and build a five-mile extension onto the trail between Sibley State Park and the city of New London including a bridge over Trunk Highway 71.

Also being considered during this bonding session are infrastructure improvements for the city of Sacred Heart and the city of Maynard. In the near future neighboring communities will also be making similar bonding requests.

The tour begins on October 16 and proceeds to various locations and cities through October 18 including stops at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, the Mankato Civic Center, and the Rapidan Dam.

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Senator Lyle Koenen
Lyle Koenen represents District 17, which includes portions of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Renville, and Swift counties in the southwestern part of the state. He is the vice chair of the Tax Reform Division.

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