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Willmar veterans home clears House bonding bill

ST. PAUL - A proposal to build a 90-bed nursing home in Willmar for veterans with mental illness cleared the Minnesota House today.

As part of the $200 million bonding bill, $5 million was included for the Willmar veterans home.

"It went through and it's in the bill heading to conference committee," said Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar.

"Everything on the House side is very good and we hope we can get some affirmation in the Senate," he said.

Juhnke said he's confident Gov. Pawlenty will approve the project. "We just have to get it to his desk."

So far the Willmar project isn't in the Senate bonding bill but Sen. Joe Gimse has secured a hearing date for next Tuesday in the veterans and agriculture committee.

"It's going to be heard. We're going to fight for it," said Gimse. "It's a worthwhile project and it'll be good for our community."

Read more about this story in Tuesday's West Central Tribune.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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