U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Minnesota announced this week that USDA is investing $4 million to build and improve critical community facilities to benefit nearly 9,000 rural residents.

The city of Canby, Minn., is receiving a $100,000 loan and a $50,000 grant to purchase a fire truck for the Canby Fire Department. The new fire truck will allow the city to replace an older 1993 pumper truck that was experiencing regular maintenance issues. With the new vehicle, the Canby Fire Department will be able to address a wider range of calls outside the city limits.

Tracy Ambulance Service in Tracy, Minn., is receiving a $100,000 loan and a $50,000 grant to purchase a new ambulance vehicle and replace a 2009 vehicle that requires regular costly maintenance. The new vehicle will allow the nonprofit ambulance service to continue providing service with state-of-the-art equipment and efficiency.

Clinton Community Clinic in Clinton, Minn., is receiving a $3,477,000 loan to build a 23,000-square-foot assisted living facility. The new facility will house 20 private units with in-room bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, dining area, gathering spaces, laundry, beauty parlor, storage and more.

The city of Blackduck, Minn., is receiving a $30,000 loan and a $50,000 grant to purchase a new skid steer loader machine and accompanying attachments. The maintenance vehicle will allow the city to more efficiently manage snow, sand and debris throughout year.

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