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Release No. STELPRD4015237
ContactTammi Schone(605) 352-1102
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Piedmont, SD, Mar 15, 2012 -- Larry Konexczny is a very patient man. He had his eye on a 3-bedroom ranch style house with two and one-half garage stalls that sat on a quarter of an acre of land. The house also had a built in sprinkler system and air conditioning. Larry waited nearly a year before the seller came down in price.

Larry purchased his dream home with the assistance of USDA Rural Development’s housing program. He learned of Rural Development through a friend and completed the paperwork process to become pre-approved which made the buying and purchase process smoother when the home he wanted dropped within his price range. He was ready to move forward with becoming a homeowner in Piedmont and leave his rental resident’s in Sturgis.

“Life seems a whole lot simpler and I’m a lot happier,” exclaimed new homeowner Larry Knoexczny. “I couldn’t have done this without Rural Development. The local office assisted me with every step of the process and made it a positive experience.”

“We commend Mr. Konexczny for his patience, perseverance, and self determination in becoming a homeowner,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie M. Meeks. “Mr. Konexczny exemplifies the commitment the Obama Administration has made to bring resources to rural America to provide decent, affordable housing to those who need it.”

Larry shares his home with his 17 year old daughter and his 86-year old mother who recently moved to Piedmont from Colorado. Larry would like to encourage others to apply for a home loan, “With the economy the way it is, it only makes sense. The payments are affordable and the feelings of accomplishment are amazing.” He continued, “I can take care of my mother and daughter and have brought stability back into our lives.”

USDA Rural Development serves as the lead federal agency for rural development needs by offering financial and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and communities. USDA Rural Development programs include funding for day care centers, fire trucks and other community facility projects; the purchase, construction or repair of homes; loans and guarantees to rural businesses to save or create jobs and renewable energy; and loans and grants for water and sewer utility projects.

USDA Rural Development has eight offices in the state serving South Dakotans living in rural areas and communities. Office locations include a state office in Huron, along with area offices in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Yankton.

Further information on this and other programs offered by USDA Rural Development is available by calling (605) 352-1100, by visiting or at any local area office.

Last Modified:11/29/2012 
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