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New home for National Guard

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Administration is requesting $64 million dollars for new National Guard buildings in Wisconsin Rapids.

The release from Senator Julie Lassa says the money will be used to purchase 25 acres of land, then construct two buildings, a 97,000 square foot readiness center and a 25,000 square foot motor vehicle storage building.

The National Guard says it makes due with what they have, but a new facility wouldn't hurt.

"During the 50's if you look at army regulations, they've changed a lot since then. Some of it has to do with physical security, how we protect our soldiers and how we protect our equipment. Right now, it's hard to meet those regulations, those requirements that we're supposed to meet. A new facility would help," Lt. Col. Ryan Brown said.

Senator Lassa helped secure more than two thirds of the funding for the building. The request goes to the state building commission for final approval.

According to the press release, the project will begin March 2012 and take about a year to complete.

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