State Representative Paul Anderson of Starbuck on Monday announced two area cities — St. Martin and Starbuck — will receive state financing packages for infrastructure projects.

St. Martin is receiving a $1.8 million loan for the local share of utility costs along a County State Aid Highway 12 project being constructed by Stearns County. Starbuck has been awarded a pair of loans totaling $2.4 million to help replace aging sanitary sewer lines and water mains under Trunk Highways 28, 29 and 114.

Financing for the two projects is provided through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority as part of a $122 million round of loans and grants for water and infrastructure projects throughout Minnesota recently announced for the first half of 2020.

Anderson said it was “important to stay on top of infrastructure projects, yet competition is strong for limited assistance from the state.”

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