Lawmakers Tour St. Cloud

Lawmakers Tour St. Cloud Click to Enlarge Photo: Dan Wolgamott

(KNSI) - A St. Cloud lawmaker took freshmen legislators and party leaders on a tour of the Granite City to show them some of the areas that could use help from bonding money.

One of the top issues for the Minnesota Legislature this year is to pass a borrowing package for public projects known as a bonding bill.

Democrat Dan Wolgamott sits on the House Bonding Committee and says he wanted to show the lawmakers what we have in St. Cloud, so when they get the requests for funding, it's more than just numbers.

"The point of this tour was to give life to those numbers on a spreadsheet. To put faces and places and stories behind those things that I'm asking for and advocating for."

Wolgamott says his top choices for bonding help are the MAC, bringing Northstar train service to St. Cloud, upgrades at SCSU, and upgrades for the prison.

"I'm going to work as hard as I can to use my position on the bonding committee to fight tooth and nail for these projects, and that's why I wanted to bring members here."

On Friday, lawmakers saw New Flyer Bus, Quarry View Education Center, had lunch at Jules' Bistro, visited Little Bloomers Daycare, had a round table discussion with Somalia American leaders, went to Amcon Concrete, St. Cloud State University's Eastman Hall, and saw an SCSU hockey game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

On Saturday, the tour took legislators to St. Cloud Hospital, the prison, lunch at Good Earth Co-op, and then to the Amtrak Station in East St. Cloud to talk about Northstar and Municipal Athletic Complex.

He also supports funds for the Becker Business Park to attract a Google Data Center and to assist Foley with treating its wastewater.

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