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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • New developments maintain momentum for veterans home here

  • Work on the addition of a veterans home to Montevideo continues to march forward at a slow but determined pace.
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  • Work on the addition of a veterans home to Montevideo continues to march forward at a slow but determined pace.
    In recent weeks, the city of Montevideo and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) updated the building and construction plans to meet 2013 numbers and standards.
    Just last Monday night, with encouragement from the Granite Falls Hospital, the Granite Falls City Council issued a letter of support to the city of Monte­video for the construction of a veterans home, adding their voice to a number of others.
    Things are moving along at the state level as well. Sen. Lyle Koenen and Rep. Andrew Falk have sponsored bills to the House and Senate in support of the construction of a veterans home in Montevideo, and the appropriation of funds for that purpose.
    "We have a veterans population that we have to take care of. They sacrificed for this country," Falk said.
    After four years of hard work by volunteers, supporters and staff, it seems like things are finally moving forward, but Montevideo City Manager Steve Jones explained that result won't come quickly.
    "Even if the bill is passed, it is unlikely the state will fund the building of a home this year ... The construction of the veterans home in Montevideo is a marathon, not a sprint," he said. "In the meantime, our intent is to position ourselves to be the prime location."
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