Bonding Tour to Visit Elm Creek Dam at the Mill Pond and 1860’s-era Kelley Farm in District 36

ST. PAUL, MINN. – As the third leg of the Minnesota Senate Bonding Tour kicks off, Capital Investment Committee members will be making several stops in and around the Northwest metro area including the Champlin, Coon Rapids and Brooklyn Park areas represented by Senator John Hoffman. The first few stops of the largely Northwestern Minnesota tour will visit bonding projects in Champlin and Elk River. The tour runs from October 29-31; the local stops will both be made on the morning of Tuesday, October 29.

The very first stop of the tour will be at the Elm Creek Dam at the Mill Pond in Champlin. This aging WPA 1930’s-era dam is on the DNR’s list of significant hazard dam structures. New regulations require that the dam have greater capacity to prevent flooding of properties and to improve safety to area residents. The City of Champlin — headed by Mayor ArMand Nelson is requesting nearly $5 million to reconstruct the dam and make improvements to the area surrounding the dam.

“The Elm Creek Dam does not meet minimum design standards anymore; it simply needs to be replaced. A new dam would mean dramatically lowered flood insurance premiums for residents, as it would remove 60 acres from the floodplain while also creating an opportunity for economic development in the 27-acre Mississippi Crossings area,” Senator Hoffman said.

The second tour stop will include a visit and project tour of the working 1860’s-era Oliver H. Kelley Farm in Elk River. The farm is a National Historic Landmark and one of the first farmstead’s built in Minnesota after the territory was opened to settlers. The Minnesota Historical Society is requesting $9.6 million to help renovate the farm site and the visitor center.

“The Oliver H. Kelley Farm is an excellent example of bi-partisan support for protecting a great historical resource. This site helps Minnesotans learn about our rural heritage. Bonding dollars will help put it in working order again and preserve the demonstration of an important era in our state’s history,” Senator Hoffman said.

The tour begins on October 29 and proceeds to various locations and cities through October 31. The Elm Creek Dam stop will take place at 8:45 am on October 29, followed by the Oliver H. Kelley Farm visit at 9:30 am.

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