Montevideo Veterans Home one step closer to reality

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Marv Garbe, chair of the Montevideo Regional Veterans Home Committee, along with Montevideo Assistant City Manager Angie Steinbach and District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, dicussed bonding approved for the facility during the 2018 Minnesota Legislative session.

By Reed Anfinson
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With the Minnesota Legislature’s passage of a bonding bill that includes $9.4 million for a proposed Montevideo Regional Veterans Home the 11-year-old journey to get the facility built is closer to becoming a reality.

Still, it will likely take another four years before construction can begin on the $44 million, 70-bed facility that would provide nearby veterans a health facility.

Another $5 million in financing is pledged toward the project with $3 million from Chippewa County and $650,000 from the City of Montevideo and its economic development organizations.

Swift County has promised $50,000 toward the project, as have Yellow Medicine and Lac qui Parle counties.

The City of Montevideo is also donating 13.5 acres of land valued at $707,850.

The City of Benson passed a resolution supporting the construction of the facility, but did not pledge any funds.

Now the group will be submitting its federal application for more than $20 million in funding, which can’t be submitted until April 15, 2019, Marv Garbe, chair, Montevideo Regional Veterans Home Committee said in an interview at the Monitor-News last week. District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, and Montevideo Assistant City Manager Angie Steinbach were also at the meeting.

“We want to stress that this is a regional veterans home,” Garbe said of the group’s efforts to raise funds and support in surrounding counties.

The proposed Montevideo veterans home would be open to all veterans in the state, but ideally, it is for people within a two-hour distance of their homes, Angie Steinbach, the Montevideo assistant city manager who works with the project, said. Through a reciprocity agreement, South Dakota veterans would also be eligible for the home....

 

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Pictured: Marv Garbe, chair of the Montevideo Regional Veterans Home Committee, along with Montevideo Assistant City Manager Angie Steinbach and District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, dicussed bonding approved for the facility during the 2018 Minnesota Legislative session.

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