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USDA Invests in Minnesota Community Facility Infrastructure
Minnesota Ag Connection - 05/14/2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Minnesota Brad Finstad Monday announced a more than $380,000 investment to improve essential services for nearly 6,000 residents on the Red Lake Band of Chippewa reservation.

"We are proud of the relationships we've built with the Tribal communities throughout Minnesota," Finstad said. "Projects like this help to ensure that these rural areas continue to have access to essential community facilities, modern infrastructure and equipment, and opportunities to achieving prosperity."

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Road Department will receive $382,100 to help purchase essential equipment. The Road Department is responsible for maintaining the transportation infrastructure on the Red Lake Reservation. A new front-end loading truck and a combination gravel/snow plow will allow the Tribe to replace aging equipment that is beyond useful life and provide the nearly 6,000 local residents with efficient community services.

Finstad's announcement is in coordination with the nationwide investments announced by Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley last week, totaling $68 million to build or improve community facilities and essential services for nearly 715,000 rural residents in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Dakota, Texas and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

USDA is funding 20 projects nationwide through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

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