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Funding for Interstate Park project approved

The State Building Commission approved funding for the Interstate State Park project on Dec. 17, with both the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund contributing financial support.

The project will create a 1,600 square foot multipurpose room that will be added onto the Ice Age Interpretive Center. The addition will be used to hold larger workshops for school groups, host special events, and eventually increase the winter programs that Interstate Park offers.

"I am very excited about the unanimous approval of funding for this addition, and I appreciate the Building Commission for voting in favor of this request. With budget cuts happening everywhere, it is important that we try and maintain the wildlife educational programs that we have. It is encouraging to see money from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund being put to good use right here in our district."

Over 30,000 people visit the Interpretive Center each year, including approximately 5,000 school children. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2009, and with the increase of facilities, larger crowds should be expected in the years to come.