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Minnesota considers bond for Lewis and Clark


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - The Minnesota legislature is considering a bill allocating 70 million dollars to the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System to be paid back with federal money.

Representative Joe Schomaker from Luverne says the trickle of money from Washington increases the project’s total cost.  Schomaker realizes the bonding bill is a large request but it will get water to Worthington.

Lewis and Clark Regional Water Executive Director Troy Larson says the federal government's share has ballooned to over 200 million dollars.  The President's budget called for less than $2.5 million dollars for the next fiscal year.  Larson says that doesn't cover the rising cost of the porject.

Larson has met with South Dakota legislators about similar state contributions to the water project beginning next year.  He also will approach Iowa lawmakers with a similar proposal