Senator Aric Putnam Delivers Over $18 Million in State Funds for Greater St. Cloud Area

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, the Senate approved $18.4 million in funding for the Greater St. Cloud area as a part of a bipartisan bonding package. The bonding package included resources to construct the Greater River Children’s Museum in St. Cloud, to upgrade of the St. Cloud Regional Airport, to renovate CentraCare Health System’s University of Minnesota Medical School Campus in St. Cloud, and to continue the redevelopment of the Waite Park Quarry amphitheater. After voting to pass the bonding bills, Senator Aric Putnam (DFL-St. Cloud) released the following statement:

“I am thrilled that we passed a bipartisan bonding package to fund these important projects in our community,” said Senator Putnam. “We are going to create jobs and build new opportunities for us to come together.  We are making the St. Cloud Regional Airport safer by upgrading the landing system and installing approach lights, investing in rural health care by supporting the University of Minnesota’s medical school partnership with CentraCare Health System, building the Great River Children’s Museum, and designing and constructing an expansion of the Waite Park Quarry amphitheater. It is a great bonding package, and I am happy that I was able to secure funding for our community.”

Senator Putnam said he delivered funding for the following projects in the Greater St. Cloud area:

  • $7 million for the Great River Children’s Museum
  • $5 million for CentraCare Health System Campus in St. Cloud
  • $3.9 million to upgrade the St. Cloud Regional Airport 
  • $2.5 million for the Waite Park Quarry amphitheater


Aric Putnam represents Senate District 14, which covers the communities of St. Cloud, Waite Park, St. Augusta, Haven, and Minden Townships.

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