September 13, 2012
Governor Dayton has announced his choices to receive state funding from among 100 public works projects… and the expansion of the Mankato Civic Center and conversion of the arena for MSU hockey did not make the list.
Instead, $25 million will go for a new St. Paul Saints baseball stadium, $8.5 million for an office building and parking project in Duluth, $4.2 million for a wellness center in Wadena, and $2 million will go towards a new southwest leg for the Twin Cities light rail system.
KTOE News spoke with Mankato City Manager Pat Hengtes about the civic center expansion request. He said the governor also passed on civic center requests for St. Cloud and Rochester.
Hentges says the local plan is about a $30 million project and there is $14 million dollars set aside, but without state help it would be hard to move forward.
Hentges tells KTOE News that the governor has indicated that he has another plan for the civic center projects... Hentges says the governor may put a bonding plan together for those three municipal civic center projects, including Mankato's request, to take to the legislature next year.
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