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Shutdown halts more construction projects

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ST. CHARLES, Minn. (KTTC) -- It seems as the shutdown drags on more construction projects in our area have halted.  Including one that was suppose to be promoting job growth. 

Construction will start this week on a 35-acre business park, being built along the I-90 Interchange at the St. Charles and Chatfield exit. A big push for the new infrastructure dates back to April of 2009, when the communities largest employer went up in flames. North Star Foods, a meat-processing plant employed 250 people. Since the fire, the town has slowly been trying to re-build its commerce.

"The impact has been felt around the business community as well as Winona county. Those folks, Northstar foods helped to support a lot of other businesses such as the hardware store, grocery stores, other gift shops in town through those residual dollars those folks spent in town," said City Administrator, Nick Koverman.

Retail stores, eateries and industrial manufacturing may be some of the new businesses. Contractors will begin moving dirt this week and hope to have the project completed before the snow flies. However, it may be delayed if the government shut down lags into the weeks ahead. Because of the state closure work can't be done in the right of way, an area designated on each side of the road.

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