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Primed for a Stimulus Ride, St. Cloud Wonders When the Bus Will Arrive

The entrance to the New Flyer manufacturing facility in St. Cloud, Minn. (Jason Wachter/ProPublica)

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- By now, this city an hour northwest of the Twin Cities was supposed to be a stimulus boomtown.

Home to New Flyer, the largest manufacturer of hybrid buses, St. Cloud was poised to benefit from a big chunk of the $8.4 billion in public transit money tucked into the stimulus package.

In March, the city drew Vice President Joe Biden and four Cabinet secretaries for a town hall at the factory. They promised that the stimulus would invest in transportation, energy and education and create a new "green" middle class and good-paying jobs -- not a year from now but this spring and summer.

So where do things stand?

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