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Lanesboro gets nearly $10 million to boost infrastructure

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LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- The bed and breakfast capital of Minnesota is getting nearly $10 million to boost its infrastructure.

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority announced that Lanesboro will receive the funding to construct a new wastewater treatment plant.

That was the source of conflict for the city's residents not long ago.

Lanesboro residents were frustrated about the site being built on a floodplain at 405 Ashburn Street just off Highway 250. Still, city leaders called this the most feasible option, and they pointed out that the other choices had similar or additional challenges.

Construction is already underway, according to Lanesboro City Administrator Michele Peterson. She expects it to finish by 2022.

The money will also pay for the demolition of the old plant, which was made back in 1938. That will occur once the new plant is constructed. 

For the project, the city received a $5 million grant, but it will also be on the hook to pay back a $4.8 million loan.

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