Minnesota Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, along with Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, announced the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Duluth Seaway Port Authority $10,500,000 to fund a rail-served warehouse and rehabilitate the wharf’s walls.

“Critical investments in our infrastructure serve as a down payment on the long-term economic well-being of our state and country,” Klobuchar stated in a news release. “The Port of Duluth supports industries from agriculture to manufacturing — it’s the largest and busiest port on the Great Lakes serving nearly 900 vessels and an average of 35 million short tons of cargo per year. This investment will help support future economic growth in the region.”

“This port is vital to the success of our nation’s economy, and to the state of Minnesota,” Smith stated in the release. “The Duluth Seaway Port Authority receiving this important investment signals that the federal government understands that, and I will always advocate to support this critical waterway.”

“The Port of Duluth is integral to transporting the food, materials, and other vital goods from northern Minnesota to other parts of the world,” Stauber stated in the release. “By investing in this port, we are ensuring reliable operations for years to come, and continued economic prosperity by extension. During my time as a St. Louis County Commissioner, I was appointed to serve on the board of the Port Authority, so I know the economic importance of a viable port and am proud to have helped secure this grant in my current role as Congressman. I thank Secretary Chao for listening and taking action to help Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.”