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IRRRB awards grants to assist projects in area communities

Posted 5/5/21

REGIONAL- At its April 30 meeting, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board approved over $2.3 million in grants for area infrastructure projects and over $959,000 in trail grants. Projects …

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IRRRB awards grants to assist projects in area communities

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REGIONAL- At its April 30 meeting, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board approved over $2.3 million in grants for area infrastructure projects and over $959,000 in trail grants. Projects in our area included:
• City of Tower- $100,000 for the Tower-Soudan Historical Society rehabilitation project of the historic fire hall. The project includes the repair and rehabilitation of the building’s exterior masonry. Total project cost is $522,329. The project also has $330,229 in funding from the Minnesota Historical Society, and a $55,100 local match.
• Voyageur Country ATV/St. Louis County- $154,300 for trail improvement projects including Crane Lake to Vermilion Falls, Arrowhead Trail near Myrtle Lake, and the Fire Tower Loop at Shively Rd. This is a $308,600 project which also received state bonding funds.
• Iron Range Tourism Bureau- $50,000 for the Northern St. Louis Trails Task Force Sustainable Trails Grant Program. The grant program provides one-to-one matching funds for small projects, not to exceed $10,000. Last year this program funded construction of the Ancient Cedars Trail in Tower.
• City of Tower Trails Planning Project- $5,000. This grant will help fund planning for trails development in the Tower-Breitung area. The grant is being matched with funding from the city of Tower and Tower Economic Development Authority.
• Breitung Township- $145,000 for sanitary sewer replacement on Fourth Ave. between Gordon and Jasper streets. Total project cost is $675,756 with $150,000 from CDBG and $380,756 from the township.
• City of Cook- $30,000 for lift station pump replacement. Total project cost is $95,000, with $50,000 from CDBG and $7,000 from the city.
• City of Tower- $100,000 for the Pine Street reconstruction project. Total project cost is $955,918. The project includes water, sewer, storm sewer, and road reconstruction on Pine Street from Hwy. 169 past the fire department to Harbor Drive. The project also has $175,000 in funding from CDBG, $472,548 in LRIF (local road improvement program from MnDOT), and $208,370 from the city.

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