ST. PAUL - Vice President Joe Biden says projects like the restoration of an abandoned train hub in Minnesota helped bring the country back from the recession.

Biden stopped at St. Paul's Union Depot train station Thursday to mark the seventh anniversary of the economic stimulus package. It was part of a three-state swing to highlight the massive federal funding act. Biden went to Tennessee and Louisiana earlier.

Minnesota received millions of dollars from the federal government in 2009, including nearly $35 million to restore Union Depot as a major train and bus hub. It reopened in 2012 after being closed for more than four decades.

Biden credits Minnesota leaders for capitalizing on the federal funding and making the project happen.

The vice president also met briefly with state and local officials.

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