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By Tim Leeds 

Bonding bill debate raises Northern funding questions


A renewed look at a bill to provide funding for state building construction — including a major new facility for Montana State University-Northern — is again under scrutiny, although local legislators say they believe Northern's building will stay in the mix.

House Speaker Mike Milburn said Saturday that, while a budget agreement the Republican leadership reached with Gov. Brian Schweitzer Friday is conservative and makes passage of the bonding bill more likely, there still is talk of trimming that bill, now at nearly $100 million.

Greg Kegel, dean of Northern's College of Technical S...

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