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Hibbing Businesses See Benefits of 'Weatherization' Program

Posted at: 11/19/2012 10:32 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

What kind of a difference can a new look make for an old building? U.S. Senator Al Franken believes quite a lot. Changes that can even translate into more jobs for the Northland.

Franken (D-MN) was in Hibbing on Monday night at the Carpet Plaza business. He's talking about a new program that's retro-fitting old buildings. In this case, the program will improve weatherization, something Franken said can create jobs, save energy, and cut costs.

"This is wonderful. This is a great thing. I hope it will become a model for everywhere on the Range, everywhere in Minnesota, and everywhere in the country," Franken said.

Deb Lundin, owner of Carpet Plaza, said she's thrilled to be part of the pilot program.

"It's going to be big savings in our future, and we're very excited to be apart of it," Lundin said. She said her business would be seeing new windows, doors and lighting.

Hibbing's Business Weatherization Program is supported by the IRRRB and other funding sources to help businesses take part.

In 2011, Franken launched his Back to Work Minnesota initiative to spur retrofit projects by bringing together public and private resources to create jobs and improve buildings. Franken says the changes will help to cut costs and create jobs.