House Capital Investment Committee visits campus Wednesday.

    The Minnesota State House Capital Investment Committee will visit the University of Minnesota Crookston on Wednesday, Sept. 18, as part of multiple-day tour of northern Minnesota visiting communities that have capital requests.                 

Approximately 24 legislators and members of their staff will arrive on campus at 5:30 p.m. that evening with interest in learning more about UMC’s requested Wellness Center. The committee will then have dinner and hear other presentations in Bede Ballroom (Sanford Health expansion in Thief River Falls, utility expansion at Red River Recreation Area, and wastewater treatment improvements, both in East Grand Forks) before departing at 7:30 p.m.

    State Reps. Dan Fabian of District 1A and Crookston Republican Deb Kiel of District 1B are also expected to attend.

    UMC Director of Communications Andrew Svec said the committee will tour the UMC Sports Center, which houses Lysaker Gymnasium and various athletic offices, and Chancellor Fred Wood will present the various reasons that UMC needs the Wellness Center.

    The Wellness Center project seemed to have some momentum behind it early on in the 2013 legislative session, but when the bonding bill failed to pass the Minnesota House and thoughts eventually turned to potentially approving a much smaller capital investment bill, hope for funding for the UMC project being included greatly diminished.