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State DEED grant adds $482,962 to city coffers

Wadena has received a $482,962 grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grant.

According to a press release, the grant is for the rehabilitation of 17 owner-occupied housing units and 14 residential rental units, as well as assistance with six homeownerships in Wadena, Wadena Township and Leaf River Township.

The city and two townships were areas of Wadena County that saw damage from the June 17, 2010 tornado.

A total of about $18.5 million was awarded to 51 communities in greater Minnesota for rehabilitating housing and commercial properties and improving infrastructure.

Other communities near Wadena receiving DEED grants include Parkers Prairie and Deer Creek ($184,000), Eagle Bend and Clarissa ($378,560), Long Prairie and Browerville ($235,000), the Motley area ($700,000), Miltona ($570,000) and Battle Lake and Clitherall ($527,900).

DEED awarded the grants under its Small Cities Development Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"This funding will improve the quality of life of people living in Minnesota's small towns and help create jobs in the construction industry," DEED Commissioner Mark Philips said.

The program, which is administered by DEED, makes grants available to cities and townships with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000.