Minnesota House Lawmakers Tour Duluth

Will Help Decide Where to Give Bonding Money

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Lawmakers with the Minnesota House of Representatives were in Duluth for a tour of what makes the city tick.

The House Capital Investment Committee helps assemble the bonding bill, and with $3.2 billion in requests statewide, the tour will help lawmakers gauge support for city projects and get a sense of how they fit in the community.

The tour included stops at UMD, Duluth International Airport, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, Duluth Steam Plant, Duluth harbor and port, and Glensheen Mansion.

Part of the state’s goal this year is maintaining its assets.

“The state of Minnesota already owns a lot of facilities all around the state whether it be the colleges, the state parks, etc. and taking care of those assets is more important. Building new stuff is fun, but taking care of what we have is also very very important,” said committee chairman Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska).

The committee says it expects to fund about a fourth of the requests it has gotten from across the state.

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