Persell says bonding package is still moving forward

Representative John Persell, a DFL-er from Bemidji, says the legislature is still moving despite working remotely. The bonding bill is still a top priority, including the city of Bemidji’s request for bonding dollars to help fund a $16 million water treatment plant to clean the city’s drinking water.

The legislature met last Thursday and passed a $330 million relief package to address COVID-19.

The city of Bemidji’s plans for a water treatment plant will address PFAs as well as treat iron and manganese.

PFAs, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, may have long-term consequences on human health, and is especially concerning for pregnant and nursing women and bottle fed babies.


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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