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Go big so everyone can go home . . . Housing meeting draws a crowd

The Eagle Bend City Hall was at (COVID-19) allowed capacity for a meeting about housing in Todd County and specifically about renovating the former Eagle Bend school building into affordable senior housing.

by Karin L. Nauber

There were not enough chairs to hold the crowd that attended the first community meeting held in regard to the proposed Hilltop Regional Housing (former Eagle Bend school building). The meeting was held on Thursday, April 29 at the Eagle Bend City Hall meeting room.

As you may recall from the housing article from last week (April 28, 2021), there are currently bills that will soon go before the house and the senate to allow the $1.5 million that was earmarked for the demolition of the school building to be instead used toward the renovation of it into apartments.

“We want to emphasize this is not about Eagle Bend. It is about rural Minnesota older adult housing needs. It is about creating [this space], and then making available workforce housing for families to move into our communities all across the county,” said one of the Hilltop Regional Housing representatives and Todd County Council on Aging Coordinator Verna Toenyan.

Overwhelming support was shown by the meeting participants to create this affordable housing option for rural Minnesota

Letters of support to legislators are being sent, petitions are being signed and phone calls are being made in support of the bonding bill language change request.

If anyone should have any questions or are willing to step up to assist, feel free to contact Verna Toenyan 320-815-4301 or Jay Eckel 218-639-7966.

Electronic documents can be e-mailed to you by contacting Sharon Notch, 320-360-0158 or

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