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Capital Projects Tour visits funding options in SE Minnesota


LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- On their last leg of the Build Minnesota tour, senators have now heard about more than 100 projects throughout the state.

"We have a tremendous number of requests, upwards of $4 billion in requests from the state of Minnesota, so you have to make some judgments and the opportunity to come out across Minnesota, this particular day in southeast Minnesota, and see the projects, it's just vital to that decision making process," said Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester.

Twenty of those projects seeking funding can be found in southeast Minnesota. State legislators stopped by the popular tourist site, Lanesboro Dam. Representatives from Air's Associates say the dam needs about $1 million in funding for repairs, or it faces removal.

Senators then made their way over to the Lanesboro Hatchery, which needs funding for building renovations.  The tour then visited the Chatfield Center for the Arts, asking for nearly $8 million in structural improvements to help build on its growing popularity.

"I think we have to figure out some ways to make this dream come true for not only your community but the whole state," said Sen. Leroy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer.

The senators will begin deliberating when they resume session in February.

The tour will be winding down Wednesday in Rochester, where the Mayo Civic Center and the Minnesota Housing Authority are the last stops before the final day of visits on Thursday.

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