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RELEASE: Pair of Rep. Igo Bills Receive Committee Hearings on Wednesday

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

St. Paul, MN – It was a productive Wednesday in the Minnesota House of Representatives for Rep. Spencer Igo, R-Wabana Township, who had two bills receive committee hearings earlier today.

The first bill, House File 5117, was heard in the Economic Development and Policy Committee and would provide a $10 million grant to the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) to construct a new service center. Just last year, AEOA provided 378,782 meals to 8,492 seniors across the program’s service area and provided services to over 38,000 people experiencing social and economic challenges.

“Establishing a new regional hub for AEOA would help to enhance their operations and continue the incredible work they do serving seniors in a more cost effective and efficient way,” said Igo. “I am proud to carry this important piece of legislation and to support the work AEOA does every day in our communities and across the region.”

Joining Rep. Igo at the hearing and testifying in favor of the bill were Emily Simonson and Scott Zahorik both from the AEOA.

The second bill, House File 3669, would provide a grant to the city of Floodwood to design and construct improvements to the city's water and sewer infrastructure along County Road 832 (Floodwood Road) and was heard in the House Capital Investment Committee.

“Last year, we were able to secure partial funding for the Floodwood project and I am grateful that the committee was willing to give this year’s funding request a hearing,” said Igo. “I am hopeful that we can get this final round of funding through the process so that the project can be completed. Thank you to Mayor Farrell for making the trip to St. Paul to testify in favor of this bill.”

Last year’s bonding bill provided $1.5 million to the City of Floodwood for improvements to water and sewer infrastructure along County Road 8, Trunk Highway 8, and Trunk Highway 73. House File 3669 would allocate an additional $1.35 million to the city to finish the project.