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Legislators seek veterans home funds

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Local legislators have introduced bills that would advance efforts for a Bemidji-based veterans home.

Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, has asked for $10 million in bonds to build a 90-bed home which would be built on land donated by Sanford Health adjacent to its Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, according to the nonpartisan House Information Office.

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If constructed, the Bemidji veterans home would be the sixth Minnesota veterans home. There now are homes in Minneapolis, Fergus Falls, Hastings, Luverne and Silver Bay,

Rep. David Hancock, R-Bemidji, has requested $250,000 in bonding money for pre-design work.

Both bills were approved by the House Veterans Services Division and referred them to the House State Government Finance Committee.

Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, sponsored their companion bills, which await action by the Senate Capital Investment Committee.

About 30,000 military veterans could be served by the facility, according to the House Information Office.

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