KSTP: Funding Awarded for New State Veterans Cemetery in Duluth
An $8.3 million federal grant will be used to establish a new Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Duluth.
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken and Congressman Rick Nolan announced the grant Thursday from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The state submitted a formal application for federal assistance in August.
The grant will fund the development of about 19 acres to construct buildings, facilities and burial spaces and support infrastructure for the cemetery.
“A State Veterans Cemetery in Duluth will help the heroes no longer with us be buried closer to their loved ones,” Klobuchar said in a statement.
The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery-Preston opened last November in the southeast corner of the state. The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery-Little Falls has been a final resting place for veterans and their families since 1994.