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A Senate committee hearing for the Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts has been scheduled for noon this Monday, March 4.

The hearing will be in Room 107 at the Minnesota State Capitol.

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This is one of two bills that have been introduced at the state level for the Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts at the Park Rapids Armory.

Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearwater and Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, introduced Senate File 117 and House File 188.

The bills ask for bond issue and appropriation for building renovation of the Park Rapids National Guard Armory building for the Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts.

The bill asks for $4 million to be appropriated from the bond proceeds fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for a grant to the Park Rapids Economic Development Authority for acquisition, and to pre-design, design, construct, furnish and equip the renovation, including hazardous materials abatement, demolition, health, safety and building code compliance, mechanical systems, and space restoration, of the historic National Guard Armory Building in downtown Park Rapids, for use as a regional arts and event center, subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.695.

The Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission is organizing a group to attend.

If interested, let the HCREDC know:

If you can attend or not.

If you can join us, would you like to:

Meet us at the hearing?

Drive your vehicle and be willing to take others?

Need a ride?

It would help them a great deal if people could let the HCREDC know your intentions ASAP. Please let them know by e-mailing shailee@hubbardcountyedc. com or dwc@hubbardcounty edc.com.

The hearing will be in Room 107 at the Minnesota State Capitol.

This is one of two bills that have been introduced at the state level for the Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts at the Park Rapids Armory.

Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearwater and Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, introduced Senate File 117 and House File 188.

The bills ask for bond issue and appropriation for building renovation of the Park Rapids National Guard Armory building for the Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts.

The bill asks for $4 million to be appropriated from the bond proceeds fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for a grant to the Park Rapids Economic Development Authority for acquisition, and to pre-design, design, construct, furnish and equip the renovation, including hazardous materials abatement, demolition, health, safety and building code compliance, mechanical systems, and space restoration, of the historic National Guard Armory Building in downtown Park Rapids, for use as a regional arts and event center, subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.695.

The Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission is organizing a group to attend.

If interested, let the HCREDC know:

If you can attend or not.

If you can join us, would you like to:

Meet us at the hearing?

Drive your vehicle and be willing to take others?

Need a ride?

It would help them a great deal if people could let the HCREDC know your intentions ASAP. Please let them know by e-mailing shailee@hubbardcountyedc. com or dwc@hubbardcounty edc.com.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561
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