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EDC will make last-ditch effort to revive city's veterans home funding request

WILLMAR -- Although funding to help build a veterans geriatric and mental health facility in Willmar has failed yet again to make the legislative bonding bill, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission isn't ready to give up yet.

There's still a slight chance the proposal can be revived, Steve Renquist, executive director of the EDC, told members of the joint operations board on Thursday.

"Until this group tells me we're not going to do it anymore, I will keep driving at it," he said.

This is the third legislative session in a row that local officials have attempted to get state funding for the project. Officials believe the veterans home is much needed, especially the mental health services that are part of the proposal.

The project came close to approval last year, only to be axed in the final days of the session.

This year the bonding bill was settled early, but once again the veterans home project did not make the final bill.

"We were very disappointed," Renquist said.

He said

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