Governor Includes Shoreline Projects in Duluth in Latest Bonding Proposal
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the final bonding packages Wednesday morning in their Local Jobs and Project Plan which includes funds for Duluth’s shoreline projects.
The Local jobs and Project Plan includes The Public Safety and Asset Preservation package, an $857 million proposal, includes funding for armories, police stations, fire departments, and aging facilities as well as local roads and bridges. The Quality of Life Package, a $675 million proposal, includes funding for local communities to build town halls, libraries, recreational trails, and transit.
Included in this year’s bonding proposal is a recommendation for $13.5 million for a grant to fund the final phase of Duluth’s coastal repairs.
“We had a record number of requests for state assistance from communities across Minnesota, which is why we took the step of visiting these projects ourselves and getting feedback directly from communities and Minnesotans on what was most important to them,” continued Governor Walz. “That’s why this plan looks different than any plan before it – it’s Minnesota’s plan, and these are Minnesota’s projects. The need is real, interest rates are low, and the best time to fix a leaky roof isn’t after your house has flooded. The time to act is now.”
Other local projects included in this year’s proposal are:
ST. LOUIS COUNTY
- Duluth: Coastal Infrastructure Rehabilitation
The Governor recommends $13.5 million for a grant to the City of Duluth to fund the final phase of the rehabilitation of Duluth’s storm‐damaged coastal infrastructure. This project will allow infrastructure to better withstand extreme storm events. The total project cost is $20 million.
- City of Duluth Dump Superfund
The Governor recommends $7.7 million for cleanup of the City of Duluth Dump Superfund site as part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) program to address legacy contaminants. It implements a long‐term remedy for both the waste and methane impacts at the site by excavating and consolidating waste to protect the environment and human health.
- Arrowhead Regional Corrections: Vocational Programming Improvements
The Governor recommends $3.35 million for a grant to Arrowhead Regional Corrections to revitalize and enhance the buildings that support vocational and educational programming at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center (NERCC). The total project cost is $21.456 million.
- Proctor: Multi‐Use Government Center
The Governor recommends $6 million for a grant to the City of Proctor for a new governmental center. The current facility, which is too small to allow for necessary expansion, is located in a flood plain, adjacent to a trout stream, and is experiencing many structural deficiencies. The total project cost is $12 million.
- Eveleth: Public Buildings Improvements
The Governor recommends $1.02 million for a grant to the City of Eveleth for ventilation and heating improvements, restroom updates, exterior tuckpointing, and roof repairs at the city’s five landmark buildings. The total project cost is $2.04 million.
- St. Louis County: Clarity Behavioral Health Crisis Facility
The Governor recommends $1.365 million for a grant to St. Louis County to build a regional crisis center in Duluth that will connect people to mental health services. The total project cost is $5 million.
- Virginia: Regional Fire‐Based Emergency Medical Services and Public Safety Facility
The Governor recommends $10.39 million for a grant to the City of Virginia to build a Regional Fire‐Based Emergency Medical Services and Public Safety Facility, which will co‐locate the fire and police departments. The total project cost is $25.69 million.
- Lake Vermilion Soudan Underground Mine State Park
The Governor recommends $5.8 million to develop campgrounds at Lake Vermilion Soudan Underground Mine State Park.
- Ely: Regional Trailhead Construction
The Governor recommends $2.8 million for a grant to the City of Ely to fund a regional trailhead complex and visitors center serving the David Dill‐Taconite Snowmobile Trail, the Mesabi Trail, and the Prospector’s Loop ATV Trail. The total project cost is $4.1 million.
- Hibbing: Mine View “Windows to the World”
The Governor recommends $1.5 million for a grant to the City of Hibbing to build a viewing area at the Hull Rust taconite mine. The new mine viewing area, called “Windows to the World”, will include walking trails, interpretive signage, multiple viewing points, and a park where families can roam among the mining artifacts. The total project cost is $3 million.
- St. Louis County: Voyageur Country ATV Trail System Expansion
The Governor recommends $1 million for a grant to St. Louis County to expand the multi‐use Voyageur Country ATV Trail System to connect existing and planned trails and communities in northeastern Minnesota. The total project cost is $2 million.
- St. Louis County: Fairground Buildings
The Governor recommends $400,000 for a grant to St. Louis County to fund construction costs for two buildings at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Chisholm. The project will enable educational opportunities for visitors through animal exhibits. The total project cost is $800,000.
- DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Willow River: Communications Equipment
The Governor recommends $1.877 million for new radio equipment, including antenna and transmitters, at the Willow River facility to provide more reliable communications and improve public safety. That site is used for the Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP), a bootcamp program serving eligible non‐violent offenders.
- Grand Rapids: Itasca Recreation Association Civic Center
The Governor recommends $5.488 million for a grant to the City of Grand Rapids for asset preservation projects, such as roof replacement and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, at the Itasca Recreation Association (IRA) Civic Center. The total project cost is $10.977 million.
- Silver Bay: Multimodal Trailhead Center
The Governor recommends $1.9 million for a grant to the City of Silver Bay for a Multimodal Trailhead Center. Funding would be used to provide parking, accessible non‐motorized and motorized trails, a multi‐use building with lavatories and showers, picnic areas, and a playground. The total project cost is $3.8 million.
An additional $571 million of financing, including general fund cash, brings the full Local Jobs and Projects Plan to $2.599 billion.
A full list of recommended projects can be found here.