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Region Five Development Commission gets grant for water well systems

USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer announced that the Region Five Development Commission in Staples has been selected to receive a $50,000 Household Water Well System (HWWS) grant to serve the counties of Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison, Todd and Wadena. Region Five will use the grant to establish a revolving loan fund to provide low-interest loans to individuals who own or will own an existing home and need to construct, refurbish or service an individual well system.

"This program provides resources to ensure that everyone has access to a clean source of water," Landkamer said. "The Region Five Development Commission is one of the USDA's most valued partners. This grant will help the staff at Region Five continue to fulfill their mission and build a better quality of life in rural central Minnesota."

Region Five acquired $6,575 as program matching funds from various counties and foundations throughout the region. Low income residents can access the HWWS program guidelines, application forms and funding by applying for a loan through R5DC. The maximum loan amount is $11,000 at 1 percent for 20 years.

"Region Five has been well known for our business gap financing loans throughout the region and this new USDA Household Water Well loan program definitely compliments the existing Septic System Loan program also administered by R5DC," said R5DC Executive Director Cheryal Lee Hills. "We are extremely appreciative of the USDA's partnership and understand their immense value to rural Minnesotans."

For more information on how to apply to the HWWS program, contact Ann Hanson at, (218) 894-3233, or visit the R5DC website at