News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016850
ContactAdam Czech(651) 602-7799
St. Paul, MN, Jun 22, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development has several programs that can help with long-term recovery efforts in communities impacted by recent flooding in Duluth, Minn., and the surrounding region, including part of Northwest Wisconsin.

“Rural Development staff members in flooded areas are reaching out to affected communities to offer assistance,” said Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development Minnesota State Director. “We want to make sure that everyone impacted by the flooding is aware of how our programs can help in the long-term recovery efforts.”

Programs include low-interest loan and grant financing to:

    • Make essential repairs and remove health and safety hazards in single-family homes,

    • Repair or replace community water and wastewater treatment systems,

    • Repair or replace essential community facilities such as hospitals, day care centers, city buildings, emergency response vehicles and nonprofit headquarters,

    • Repair or replace multi-family housing apartment buildings,

    • Assist businesses with loan guarantees, revolving loans or grants to replace damage equipment or buildings, and provide working capital,

More information on Rural Development programs in Minnesota can be found at You can also call a Rural Development office that serves the flooded region to work one-on-one with an area specialist. Offices include:

    • Virginia, Minn.: (218) 741-3929

    • Baxter, Minn.: (218) 829-5965

Information on Rural Development programs in Wisconsin can be found at You can also call Wisconsin offices that serve the region:

    • Spooner, Wis.: (715) 635-8228

    • Stevens Point, Wis.: (715) 345-7600

    Based on population limits, the city of Duluth does not qualify for most Rural Development programs. Most smaller communities surrounding Duluth do qualify, however. For more information on program eligibility, contact an area office or go here: