MARSHALL (KMHL) – There was a good turnout for an open house yesterday to see the expanded track at the MERIT Center in Marshall. Officials from the city of Marshall were showing off the completion of phase two of training facility.

The facility received just over $3 million from the bonding bill. Sen. Gary Dahms (R – Redwood Falls) said a good partnership helped to get the facility built.

“We had the state involved through bonding,” said Dahms. “We had the city involved, the county involved and some private businesses involved and it’s just a really good partnership and the results are really, really excellent results.”

He says he believes the facility will bring police and emergency responders in for training from all across the state and beyond.

“Fortunately when they do that it’s really good for economic development in the local community,” said Dahms. “If they are just here for a day, chances are they’re still going to eat, and if there here overnight, it puts heads in beds and is a really good economic development tool.”

At yesterday’s open house city officials said they are planning for a Phase 3, which would include a shooting range at the training facility.