On June 25, Congressman Martin Olav Sabo earmarked $1 million within U.S. Department of Interior's budget to acquire exhibits for the Washburn "A" Mill Museum, 700 S. 2nd St. This money will complete the $31 million budget needed for construction and exhibits.
The museum will explain the region's milling past and the importance of the nearby Mississippi River.
The federal dollars will fun exhibits include a waterpower lab and a grain-trading exhibit. The museum's centerpiece is the flour tower, an eight-story elevator ride through a simulated flourmill. The museum is scheduled to open in 2003.