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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • County board backs Veterans Home Project with $3 million commitment

  • On Tuesday afternoon, after a public hearing attended by over 90 members of the public, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners unanimously ap­proved a commitment of $3 million toward the construction of a veterans home in Montevideo.
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  • On Tuesday afternoon, after a public hearing attended by over 90 members of the public, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners unanimously ap­proved a commitment of $3 million toward the construction of a veterans home in Montevideo.
    “I thought about this quite deeply, and the payback is going to be remarkable,” said board chairman, Dave Lieser, speaking to the packed audience.
    The decision came after the commissioners took a half hour to hear from those in attendance, and ask questions of the Veterans Home Committee, veterans service officers from surrounding counties, and Sen. Lyle Koenen, all of who were in attendance to support the project.
    Of primary interest to the board seemed to be the long term health of the project, should the county commit.
    “(The Feds) want to see the money, they want to see that the state is serious,” said Koenen. He explained that once the state gets things sorted in the veterans home in Minneapolis, they’ll be able to move forward to create and fill over 100 more beds, if they so choose. “At this point, this is the only project with money already behind it, and (the county’s contribution) would sell it even more.”
    Marv Garbe, a member of the committee, added, “We feel if we can come forward with $5 million of the state’s share, we can move forward (to the federal level).”
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