CHISHOLM, Minn. – Today, Governor Tim Walz traveled to the Iron Range to visit the construction site of the new Chisholm Public Safety Center. Rep. Dave Lislegard (DFL – Aurora), chief author of the legislation funding the project, joined other local leaders for a tour of the site which will house the city’s police, fire and ambulance services.
“I’m honored to have the Governor come to our region and see the progress we’re making on the new public safety center in Chisholm,” Rep. Lislegard said. “We all value the dedication from our police officers, firefighters, and EMS workers, but for many years, their current facility has been obsolete, with numerous safety concerns and inefficiencies resulting in slower response times. Seeing this building take shape is a strong example of what we can accomplish when we work together to make investments in public infrastructure. I’m also grateful to the skilled construction workers for their contributions to make this vision a reality.”
In May, lawmakers passed a $2.6 billion Capital Investment bill funding infrastructure across the state, including $3 million for the Chisholm Public Safety Center. The new facility – expected to open in 2024 – will replace the current police and fire department building constructed in 1910. The cost of the facility totals $11 million, with the remaining funding necessary to complete the project coming from the city, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, and the federal government.