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Grand Forks a recipient of more than $200 million in state infrastructure projects

Lots of ribbons are being cut in Grand Forks.

It represents a substantial investment by the state and by private industry.

"$203 million worth of new capital construction," said Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "

Holmberg said the last two Legislative sessions have invested heavily in infrastructure, and in one-time spending.

"That was done under the adage that, when you have the resources, you re-roof the barn, or you paint the house," Holmberg said.

The biggest project: the new Medical School building, which costs about $124 million. Holmberg said the total also includes an expansion at the state Mill and Elevator. That money came from the mill's profits.

But Holmberg said this probably won't be repeated soon.

"Looking forward to the next Legislative session, there will be very little of re-roofing barns or painting houses," Holmberg said. "The money is not there."

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