House DFL optimistic for a bonding bill

Optimism still remains that the legislature will pass a bonding bill before the November Election.

According to House Majority Whip Liz Olson, House Republicans seem to be willing to come to an agreement.

In prior special sessions, the House minority promised not to agree to a bonding bill unless Gov. Tim Walz ended the peacetime state of emergency.

The legislature can pass a bonding bill after Sept. 20, since the state is still in a quiet period after the sale of bonds last month.

Bemidji’s stakes in this year’s bonding bill include between $8 and $10 million in funding for a water treatment plant. The bill in the House has language indicating that if the city of Bemidji is successful against litigation of the source of the pollution, the city would reimburse the state $4 million.

The water treatment plant is to treat PFCs that are above recommended levels in the city’s drinking water. Work began earlier this summer on a water treatment plant designed to remove these substances. The project underway is the “near term” plant, with a secondary project in the future to complete the water treatment facility.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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