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The newest building recently completed as part of phase one of Ridgewater College's Willmar campus improvements houses the insurance claims representative and customized training programs. The governor used his line-item veto power to remove the second phase of the project from the bonding bill. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Gov.'s veto cuts tough on college


WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College officials expected to receive the final $14.5 million for their capital improvement project in the state bonding bill this spring.

So they were surprised and disappointed when Gov. Tim Pawlenty used his line item veto to remove the second phase of the Willmar campus project from a bonding bill over the weekend. He also removed many other building projects for public colleges around the state.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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