Five Iowa rural electric cooperatives will share 940-thousand dollars ingrants from the U-S Department of Agriculture for rural developmentprojects. State Rural Development Director Ellen Huntoon (hun-tune’) saysthe money comes from a pool of federal funds.Huntoon says the grants help build rural communities.The Southeast Iowa Cooperative Electric Association will receive330-thousand dollars to help the Henry County Industrial DevelopmentCorporation construct a speculative building in the newly developed CrossRoads Industrial Park in Mt. PLEASANT. Eastern Iowa Light & Power willreceive 80-thousand dollars which will help the Rural Housing Institutepurchase land and construct a building in the Wilton Industrial Park.Glidden Rural Electric Cooperative will receive 100-thousand dollars toassist St. Anthony Regional Hospital construct a physician clinic inGlidden providing increased medical access to area residents. The HumboldtCounty Rural Electric Cooperative will receive 100-thousand dollars to helpKossuth Regional Health Center in ALGONA, renovate its surgical suite area.The project will allow the hospital to retain 150 people. The Hancock CountyRural Electric Cooperative will receive 330-thousand dollars which will helpthe city of GARNERarner upgrade its municipal building, including fire andemergency services to the residents of Garner and the surrounding ruralarea.
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