WASHINGTON, D.C. [07/18/19]— U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) investments in Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes. The cities of Eagle Bend and Altura will also receive investments.
The Boys and Girls Club grant will allow the organization to increase its services, whereas the Eagle Bend and Altura grants will give additional funding to emergency services.
“Critical investments in our rural communities serve as a down payment on the long-term economic well-being of our country,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “These rural development investments will help enhance the safety and quality of life for everyone in our state.”
“Developments in community outreach and safety are crucial in strengthening Minnesota communities,” said Sen. Smith. “Investments such as these connect citizens to the resources they need to lead healthy lives and are crucial to protecting the safety and future of our communities.”
The Detroit Lakes grant will be used to purchase kitchen and dining equipment, allowing the organization to increase its services and number of meals provided, as well as continue to serve as a provider of “Summer Meals” for local children.
The City of Eagle Bend received a $18,000 grant to replace the city’s emergency siren that is no longer reliable. The new siren would be heard throughout the city and could be sounded remotely by the Todd County Emergency Management to ensure the safety of all citizens and city employees.
The Altura grant will be used to replace one of the fire department’s two trucks that is no longer fit to respond to emergency situations. The new truck will enable the fire department to continue to provide emergency services to the community.