The University of Minnesota Crookston received $1.35 million dollars of High Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) funding in a capital investment bonding bill signed Wednesday by Governor Tim Walz. The bonding bill includes $38.5 million worth of HEAPR improvements to the University of Minnesota system campuses, research and outreach centers and field stations.

UMN Crookston will utilize the funding for electrical and water main infrastructure upgrades on campus, exterior facade upgrades, fire suppression and code upgrades to Owen Hall. The commitment by Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, the state legislature, and the University of Minnesota to UMN Crookston will make a lasting impact and improve iconic campus buildings so they can be available for future generations.

“The HEAPR funding allows us to make those needed improvements to provide our students and faculty with state-of-the art infrastructure that is needed to be world-class and provide our students with access to technologies and tools they need in today’s competitive marketplace,” said Mary Holz-Clause, chancellor of the University of Minnesota Crookston campus.

The capital investment bonding bill was passed during a four-day special session of the Minnesota legislature beginning Monday, October 12. In total, the bill includes over $104 million in funding for the University of Minnesota system. 

HEAPR funding is available to maximize the effectiveness and life of the University of Minnesota’s 29 million square feet of infrastructure. The University of Minnesota allocates HEAPR funding in four categories: health, safety and accessibility; building systems; utility infrastructure; and energy efficiency. 

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses in the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston cultivates curiosity by engaging students in hands-on learning connecting theory to practice. As the experienced leader in delivering education online, the Crookston campus offers a distinctive learning environment providing personal attention and mentorship to develop leaders, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens. Visit Crookston at 

About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota. Learn more at

Story Contact: Shawn Smith