MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing nearly $900,000 in loans and grants to help three rural Minnesota communities improve their facilities and emergency-response capabilities.

The department said Thursday the money comes from a USDA program designed to improve community resources in rural areas.

The City of Hector will get a $75,000 loan and $34,000 grant to buy a rig to fight grass fires and to buy machinery to extricate victims from auto wrecks.

The City of Kennedy will receive $59,000 in loans and $31,000 in grants to buy an emergency-response vehicle.

And Rushford-based Good Shepherd Lutheran Services is slated to receive a $693,000 loan to install a sprinkler system.

The USDA says the awards are contingent upon each recipient meeting the terms of the financial agreement.

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Comments (5)
  1. Shattered Image says:

    A $700,000 sprinkler.


  2. WHY? says:

    Why are the Feds in business of giving loans out to what sounds like a privace company/business. If they need a loan go to a bank like most anyone else would have to do.

  3. drts says:

    The Bachmanns are drooling.

  4. Washington says:

    $900,000 that the U.S. taxpayers don’t have and can’t afford. Yet a drop in the bucket compared to the 2.2 million spent on Barak’s 2 new black buses.

    1. quentin says:

      Well, not a drop in the bucket. Closer to half of the bucket.

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