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Area bonding applications total more than $16M

WILLMAR -- The city of Cosmos is seeking state bonding assistance to help replace its public library, which burned down in February 2011.

The library was destroyed by fire along with a collection of about 9,000 items, including historic references.

Cosmos applied for $600,000 from a pool of $47.5 million in state bonding funds. The Legislature left the money unallocated when it passed a $500 million bonding bill last spring.

Several other area communities have applied for funding totaling more than $16 million:

Sibley Renville Fiber Joint Powers Board, $5.1 million for fiber optics installation.

- Ltchfield, $2.55 million for wastewater infrastructure.

- Moon, $2.5 million for Gneiss River Valley Development Project

- Redwod/Renville Regional Solid Waste Board, $2.26 million for material recovery facility.

- Hector$1.25 million for wastewater system improvement.

- Brooten,780,500 for industrial park infrastructure.

- Clara City$774,574 to expand its industrial park.

- Maynard, $53,635 for public infrastructure.

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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