$1.4 million in state aid is headed to Madelia after a major fire destroyed eight buildings in the city’s downtown last year. Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill today in a ceremony at the State Capitol. Senator Julie Rosen says when she asked the governor about a month ago for assistance for Madelia, Dayton responded, whatever you need. Rosen thanked Dayton today saying, “You held to your word, Governor, and I really appreciate it and we all appreciate it.”
About 300 thousand dollars in state aid is also going to Watonwan County to offset property taxes and help with public infrastructure costs after the fire.
The bill also provides $5 million to replenish the state’s wetland replacement program. It helps cities and counties replace wetlands that are affected by road projects.