Federal funding secured for Bemidji Veterans Home

Featured image: Design by Wold Architects and Engineers for the Bemidji Veterans Home.

Federal funding has been secured for the Bemidji Veterans Home.

According to a release from Gov. Tim Walz, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently released the State Home Construction Grants Fiscal Year 2021 Conditional Approvals.

Funding was also secured for the two other Veterans Homes, in Montevideo and Preston.

Three years ago, the state Legislature allocated $33 million toward the cost of the three projects.

Over $12 million is set aside for the Bemidji Veterans Home.

The federal VA will fund 65 percent of projects at over $80 million.

MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke said Wednesday that groundbreaking could begin around September, with an anticipated 18-month construction schedule.

The proposed Bemidji facility would reflect a North Woods cabin design for the public spaces as well as the 72 residential units split into two sections.

Listen to the full interview with MDVA Commissioner Herke here:

Stay up to date with employment opportunities at the Bemidji Veterans Home here.

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