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Lawmakers send request for federal money to fix conditions at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school


BEMIDJI—Minnesota lawmakers last week sent a letter to the Executive Office of the President, requesting federal money to fix "deplorable conditions" at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school in Bena, according to a release.

The school "is in dire need of replacement," read the letter, signed by eight members of Congress. "The facility, which was originally built for use as a bus garage, has serious structural and mechanical deficiencies and lacks proper insulation." It also described mold and fungus problems that cause poor air quality, outdated technology, a leaky roof, uneven floors and a rodent infestation.

"It is not a setting for students to learn and thrive," the letter continued continued.


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