It includes funding for NCFB, UMC

    On Wednesday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a capital investment bill featuring $825 million in general obligation bonding to fund construction projects throughout the state.

    The bill, a little more than half as large as the bonding bill Dayton initially proposed, was sent to him last week by the Minnesota Legislature.

    The bill includes $3 million for North Country Food Bank in Crookston, to be matched by a fundraising campaign that would go toward the construction of a new facility on North Broadway on Crookston’s north end. The bill also includes funding for major classroom investments at the University of Minnesota Crookston, flood mitigation in Thief River falls, and a clean-water project in Climax.

    “Today, our communities should celebrate the bonding bill and the funding for critical local projects in our area,” said District 1B State Rep. Kiel, a Republican from rural Crookston. “In particular, the $3 million for the North Country Food Bank is something I have been working toward for several years. They do a great job reaching folks in need, serving 21 counties throughout northwest and west central Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Crookston is also such an important asset to our community and state, and I am pleased we funded needed campus upgrades.”