News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018277
ContactAdam Czech(651) 602-7799
ST. PAUL, Minn., Sep 10, 2012 --

@@Six Minnesota communities have been selected to receive $7,681,000 from USDA Rural Development to make necessary improvements and upgrades to their community water and wastewater treatment infrastructure.

“I’ve visited Ogilvie and seen the water tower and I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in and around communities like Backus and Raymond,” said Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Director. “It’s important that we keep rural communities like these strong. Investments in infrastructure pay off immediately through short-term construction job creation, and long-term through future economic development opportunities.”

The funding is being delivered through Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs, which have improved treatment systems in over 80 Minnesota communities and delivered clean water and safe wastewater treatment to about 70,000 rural Minnesotans since 2009.

Projects funded include:

    • The City of Raymond in Kandiyohi County will use a $1,974,000 loan and $1,870,000 grant to update the city’s wastewater treatment and collection system.

    • Roseland Township in Kandiyohi County was selected to receive a $370,000 grant to continue a project that will build a wastewater stabilization treatment pond and other wastewater infrastructure.

    • The City of Hanley Falls in Yellow Medicine County will use a $379,000 loan and a $93,000 grant to make necessary improvements to its sanitary sewer collection and water distribution systems.

    • The City of Vesta in Redwood County will use a $784,000 loan and a $586,000 grant to make necessary improvements to its water treatment and distribution system.

    • The City of Backus in Cass County will use a $503,000 loan and an $878,000 grant to regionalize its wastewater treatment services with the nearby city of Pine River. Regionalizing services lowers project costs.

    • The City of Ogilvie in Kanabec County will use a $157,000 loan and an $87,000 grant to restore its historically significant water tower, which was built in 1918. The tower restoration is another phase in a $1.5 million water system upgrade project that received initial funding in 2008.

The Minnesota projects were part of a $73 million announcement to improve water and wastewater services in rural areas of 16 states. To view a complete list of projects, click here. Since 2009, USDA has provided more than $8.1 billion in investment to bring modern water and wastewater capacity to thousands of rural communities.

Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested over $3 billion to improve housing, infrastructure, community facilities and businesses in Minnesota. To learn more about USDA Rural Development, visit