Veterans and city officials continued their efforts to secure the construction of a new veterans home in Montevideo by attending Veterans Rally Day on the Hill at the state Capitol in St. Paul on Monday. The Montevideo delegation of 32 people attended a short meeting at the Capitol Rotunda, along with about 500 other veterans from around the state.
The veterans were able to members of various state House and Senate committee members. “We are being optimistic that our veterans home will be included in this year’s bonding bill, but with the bonding bill not being passed last year it may be a long shot,” said Marv Garbe, chairman of the Montevideo veterans home committee. “We feel very positive that it will be included next year and become a reality. We are getting great support from Senator Lang and Representative Miller. They are working very hard for us. I cannot say enough for the support of our local veterans and some even from Marshall and Ruthton came along. I also appreciate the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary for coming, you really added to the whole trip. “It is hard to stay positive, but when you keep receiving this kind of support you feel energized to continue working on the project. I also want to commend Angie Steinbach from the city of Montevideo, the support has been outstanding. We could not do it without you. “I would also be remiss if I did not also thank Darin Sorby from KDMA for his coverage. Our testimony on Friday was even on KDMA. He also put me in touch with Minnesota Radio and they interviewed Joe Vene from Bemidji and myself at the Capitol. I would also be remiss for not thanking Bruce Olson from the Montevideo American-News for the newspaper coverage. An outstanding trip.”
On March 11, Garbe spoke about the veterans home to the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Association in a meeting at Sauk Rapids. They made a $500 donation to the Montevideo veterans home. Steinbach and Veterans Service Officer Tim Kolhei testified before the House Finance Committee last Friday.