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    USDA Rural Development Recognizes City of Kettle River
    $218,000 Rural Development loan/grant fixed water main along County Road 12

KETTLE RIVER, Minn., Dec. 7 – Thanks to a $156,000 low-interest loan and a $62,000 grant,
the city of Kettle River has one less problem to worry about.

        The funding comes from Rural Development in the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA), and was used to replace a water main along County Road 12. Rural Development
Minnesota State Director Steve Wenzel visited Kettle River today to recognize the city for
receiving the funding, and for being proactive in addressing its water infrastructure needs.

       “Clean water and modern water infrastructure is essential for the preservation and
advancement of Minnesota’s rural communities,” Wenzel said. “Kettle River has taken the
necessary steps in ensuring its citizens have access to clean water. This action will attract new
businesses and bring increased economic development activity to the area.”

         The road grade along County Road 12 was lowered by three feet, resulting in the water
line freezing and breaking. The new line will provide an adequate supply of clean drinking water
to this town of 168.

       Thursday’s event was the first stop on a two-day Rural Development tour through the
Iron Range and Northeastern Minnesota. Wenzel was also visiting Meadowlands, Keewatin,
Deer River, Big Falls and Orr to recognize funding for emergency vehicles, wastewater projects
and business development.

        “President Bush recognizes the unique needs of our rural communities and has given
Rural Development the tools to address those needs,” Wenzel said. “It’s Rural Development’s
goal to partner with communities like Kettle River to increase economic opportunity and
improve the quality of life in Minnesota’s rural communities.”

       Since 2001, Rural Development has invested over $3 billion throughout Minnesota. For
more information on Rural Development, visit, or call the local office
in Duluth at (218) 720-5330.

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