Legacy Amendment money gives rise to dozens of far-ranging projects

Projects ranging from documenting the history of psychiatry in Minnesota to telling the story of the Cold War-era missile base in St. Bonifacius are getting thousands of dollars from the Legacy Amendment fund.
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Projects ranging from documenting the history of psychiatry in Minnesota to telling the story of the Cold War-era missile base in St. Bonifacius are getting thousands of dollars from the Legacy Amendment fund.

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