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Convention Center, Prison in Dayton’s Bonding Proposal [AUDIO]

Jim Maurice

ST. CLOUD – The next phase of the River’s Edge Convention Center has been included in Governor Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal.

St. Cloud wants the state to give them $10.1 million for a new parking ramp.  It’s one of three civic center project that he included, the other two are $35 million for the Rochester Civic Center and $14.5 million for the Mankato Civic Center.

Money to upgrade the St. Cloud prison has also been included in Governor Dayton’s bonding proposal.  Department of Corrections spokesman John Schadl says they’re requesting $29.9 million from the state.  Part of the money would be used to update the prisoner intake area.

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Schadl says they also want to update the loading dock area, so trucks can drop-off their loads outside the prison walls.

The $775 million proposal also includes: $78 million for the U of M, $63.5 million for MnSCU, money for a new St. Paul Saints ballpark, and construction of a light rail line for the southwest Twin Cities suburbs.

One local project that has been left out of Governor Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal is the St. Cloud Technical and Community College.  Vice President for Administration Lori Kloos says they’re asking for $4.1 million to upgrade and expand their truck maintenance and auto body program.

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Kloos says the labs were built to handle 14 students, but they’re currently serving 24 students at a time.  Their expansion would allow them to grow up to 48 students.

Kloos says she’s still hopeful the House and/or the Senate will include them in their bonding proposal.

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