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Historic Kelley Farm in Elk River to Receive $10.5 Million in Bonding Money [AUDIO]

Dan DeBaun, WJON News

ELK RIVER – The historic Oliver H. Kelley Farm in Elk River has $10.5 million dollars of bonding money on the way after it was signed by Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday.

The money will be used to expand educational programs at the farm through an improved visitor center and new farm buildings.

Jessica Kohen is with the Minnesota Historical Society public relations department, she says the project will improve conditions for kids visiting during field trips.

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Kohen adds that the project will add much needed space for visitors.

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The bonding money will also add more exhibits, restrooms, animal space and classrooms. The project hopes to add videoconferencing and internet access so the farm’s programs can reach schools throughout the metro area.

Final design work will take place this summer. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2015. A grand opening of the new visitor center and support buildings is planned for May 2016.

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