UPDATED: Vets package signed into law

The Minnesota House passed a funding bill for several Veterans programs around the state, including $26.8 million to finish three new Minnesota veterans homes in Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston.

The package also included continued service bonuses for post-9/11 veterans, funding increases for county veterans services offices, and grants to vet organizations.

The vote was a near-unanimous 121 to 1. International Falls Representative Rob Ecklund says the bipartisan measure will put 6.5 million dollars toward ending veterans’ homelessness.

Lawmakers believe it is the first time a veterans program package passed the legislature as a stand-alone bill.

Gov. Walz signed the bill into law on Tuesday

Larissa Donovan was the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016, through July 2023. She covered all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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