Hauschild Delivers over $27 Million in Infrastructure Projects and Local Government Aid for Koochiching and Itasca Counties

Senator Proud to Secure Border Community Relief Funding

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Senator Grant Hauschild (DFL—Hermantown) announced Monday evening that he delivered a total of $27,851,587 for International Falls, Koochiching, and Itasca County in the FY 24-25 state budget. 

“I’m proud to deliver on important projects in Koochiching County and Northern Minnesota,” said Senator Hauschild. “From a new marina and boat landings in Ranier and Crane Lake, to a visitor center in Voyageurs National Park, these funds will allow greater access to our prized outdoor spaces. The inclusion of $1 Million for design and planning of a new community wellness center in International Falls is a critical first step in providing shared community space in the region.” 

Regarding the Border Community Relief Funding, Senator Hauschild added: “We know our northernmost communities have been impacted by the Canadian border closures. That is why I fought so hard for the $2.9 Million Border Communities Relief Grants to support our communities, businesses, and organizations in places like Koochiching County.” 

The Northland Senator said he secured funding for the following infrastructure projects in Koochiching and Itasca County: 

  • $1 Million bond for International Falls regional health and wellness center
  • $1.294 Million bond for Crane Lake Water and Sewer Debt relief
  • $3.5 Million bond for the construction of a marina in the City of Ranier
  • $2 Million for Voyageurs National Park Clean Water fund
  • $1.45 Million from the DNR’s ATV Dedicated Account for ATV Trail Development
  • $1.9 Million for the construction of the Crane Lake Voyageurs National Park Visitor Center and Campground and for improvements and maintenance for the state-operated boat ramp at Crane Lake

As the only freshman member of the Taxes Committee, Hauschild worked diligently and in a bipartisan fashion to secure increased levels of County Program Aid (CPA), Local Government Aid (LGA), Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), and public safety funding in an effort to reduce property taxes for hardworking Minnesotans. 

  • Koochiching County CPA: $1,894,313 ($445,071 increase)
  • Itasca County CPA: $3,324,614 ($780,817 increase)
  • City of International Falls LGA: $4,931,907 ($446,316)
  • City of Orr LGA: $54,206 ($3,917 increase)
  • City of Ranier LGA: $68,443 ($14,536 increase)
  • City of Littlefork LGA: $266,967 ($12,032 increase)
  • City of Big Falls LGA: $77,118 ($2,836 increase)
  • City of Mizpah LGA: $13,347 ($1,007 increase)
  • City of Northome LGA: $58,643 ($2,143 increase)
  • City of Effie LGA: $22,389 ($2,683 increase)
  • City of Bigfork LGA: $125,075 ($11,982 increase)
  • Koochiching County PILT: $1,722,100 increase
  • Itasca County PILT: $909,411 increase
  • City of Big Falls Public Safety: $7,571
  • City of Effie Public Safety: $4,726
  • City of Bigfork Public Safety: $17,460
  • International Falls Public Safety Aid: $251,053
  • Littlefork Public Safety Aid: $24,199
  • Mizpah Public Safety Aid: $2,494
  • Northome Public Safety Aid: $6,695
  • Ranier Public Safety Aid: $24,856
  • Koochiching County Public Safety Aid: $ 259,539
  • Itsaca County Public Safety Aid: $ 1,111,201
  • Bois Forte Reservation Public Safety Aid: $ 38,582

Photo courtesy of Senate Media. Description: Senator Grant Hauschild (DFL–Hermantown) smiles for a photo during the Governor’s signing ceremony for his bill extending unemployment insurance benefits for Northshore Miners in early 2023. 


Senator Grant Hauschild represents Senate District 3 – the Arrowhead, Iron Range, and Northland. He is vice chair of the Labor Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee, and Taxes Committee.

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