The bonding bill approved by the Senate Monday included money to extend the Northstar corridor to the Camp Ripley-Little Falls area and funds for the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.
Senate President Don Samuelson amended the $8 million Northstar Corridor legislation to extend the rail service to the Little Falls area. The transportation system will take advantage of existing railroad track and was originally designed to transport people from the Rice-St. Cloud area to Minneapolis.
"If the infrastructure is there we should take advantage of it," Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, said. "This will be another great way to bring people to our part of the state as well as give area residents another option to make a trip to the Twin Cities."
Future plans include a connection from the corridor to the Twin Cities' light rail system that will connect with downtown Minneapolis, the Twin Cities airport and the Mall of America.
Samuelson said the Senate bill also includes $6 million for improvements at the mental health unit at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.
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