Ribbon-cutting Tuesday for new college housing

Vermilion Community College has reached the end of a project several years in the making, and the start of a new era for student housing on campus.
Tuesday, ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be held to formally open Timber Ridge, the school’s new on-campus housing units.
The event is set for 4 p.m. and will include remarks from an array of dignitaries.
They’ll celebrate the completion of an effort to improve and enhance Vermilion’s housing inventory.
The Timber Ridge complex is the result of a $6.5 million project that will house 112 students in four new buildings, each with three townhome units.
The 26,000 square foot complex is adjacent to the existing VCC dormitory and is the result of an appeal by numerous college officials, who said Vermilion needed new housing to meet student demand and to replace aging college duplex units on the northwest side of the campus.
College provost Shawn Bina will be joined by Bill Maki, president of five northeastern Minnesota schools including Vermilion.
Others scheduled to be on hand include State Sen. Tom Bakk, IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips, MnSCU Trustee and former legislator Jerry Janezich, and MnSCU Chancellor Davinder Malhotra.