ST. PAUL - A provision authored by Rep. Al Doty in the House bonding bill that passed Tuesday would extend the Northstar Commuter Rail to Rice. The Royalton DFLer's provision allocates $250,000 for preliminary engineering and negotiations.
"It's the start of making it possible to use mass transit to connect us with the rest of the state," Doty said. "We'll continue to work toward the goal to have the line extend to Camp Ripley."
The Capital Investment Bill authorizes bonding for transportation, transit, public safety, corrections and education.
Another proposal co-authored by Doty for Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area also was approved, allocating $125,000 to add trails to the area. This appropriation brings an additional $700,000 in matching funds from the federal government and the National Trail Bike Association.
Doty also said Central Lakes College in Brainerd was earmarked for $347,000 to replace an obsolete fire alarm system.
The House bonding bill has $135 million in general obligation bonds, $120 million in general fund spending and $33.3 million in trunk highway bonds. It will be reconciled with the Senate bonding bill before being sent to the governor.
Brainerd, Breezy and Cass receive grants
The Brainerd and Breezy Point police departments and the Cass County Sheriff's Department received grants through the Department of Homeland Security.
Rep. Jim Oberstar announced in a news release that Breezy Point will receive $33,100, Brainerd $12,670 and Cass County $5,657. The grants, from the Department of Homeland Security's Commercial Direct Equipment Assistance Program, will be used to purchase video surveillance and night vision equipment.
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