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RELEASE: Local Projects Included in Final House Infrastructure Funding Package

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

St. Paul, MN– The Minnesota House of Representatives gave final approval late last month to legislation that provides funding for a variety of projects around the state with a heavy emphasis on public infrastructure like clean water, wastewater treatment, roads, bridges, flood mitigation, and preservation of state-owned assets.

Local projects to receive funding include:

  • The construction of a gravity outlet conveyance system, including an upstream control structure at the outlet location, to direct water from Long Lake in Birchdale Township to Sauk Lake to mitigate issues caused by high water levels in Long Lake.
  • Construction of a new solid waste transfer station and household hazardous waste facility in Todd County.

“I am happy to see both of these local projects receive the funding needed to move forward,” said Representative Mike Wiener, R-Long Lake. “Thank you to the local officials and residents that have worked hard over the years to support these projects. I expect both projects to begin construction in the near future.”

Wiener also noted that part of the package includes a separate $300 million in emergency funding for nursing homes. Throughout the legislative session, House Republicans had pushed to make sure the crisis impacting rural nursing homes was adequately addressed.

“Our rural nursing homes have been struggling for years with many of them at risk of shutting their doors for good. This emergency funding will ensure they can continue to offer outstanding care to seniors in our area and across Minnesota.”