WASHINGTON, D.C. — The economic stimulus plan will be shuttling $40.1 million to Northeast Minnesota to build a subatomic particle detector at Ash River, 40 miles southeast of International Falls, according to 8th District Rep. Jim Oberstar.
The detector will actually be the second in the area. The Fermi Lab complex near Chicago currently shoots high energy sub-atomic particles at a detector deep underground at the Tower-Soudan Mine in Northeast Minnesota to study the mass of the universe.
How it does that exactly is a matter for another article. But, the new detector is expected to create 60 construction jobs, according to the Minnesota Democrat.
It will also use steel and concrete from local suppliers.
“Pure scientific research like this expands our understanding of the universe on an academic level. However, in the long run it leads to breakthroughs in other areas that can lead to the development of new technologies,” said Oberstar in a statement.