Red Lake college expansion completed

The Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota has opened the doors to separate new college and government buildings.

The so-called Red Lake Capitol project began nearly five years ago because the college was running out of space. It later morphed into twin buildings to include the government center.

The more than $21 million project was built with two separate low-interest loans through the USDA's rural development program. It also includes a pow wow grounds and veterans memorial.

Tribal college development director Eugene McArthur says the college has space for 550 students. He expects enrollment to grow from 130 to more than 200 this semester.

Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, who participated in Monday's grand opening ceremonies, says the facility is needed to help people continue their educations and stay employed.

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