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SD cities awarded grants for projects

PIERRE — Six South Dakota communities received approval for grants Tuesday from the state Board of Economic Development.

The funds were awarded under the new Building South Dakota Fund created by the Legislature last winter.

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The state board approved economic development partnership grants for staff, training and equipment purposes of $52,230 for the Faulkton area program; $21,700 for the Gettysburg-Whitlock Bay Development Corp.; $62,275 for the Lake Francis Case Development Corp.; and $54,000 for the Wounded Knee Development Corp.

The board also awarded two infrastructure improvement grants of $100,000 for the city of Castlewood relating to the grain terminal and $200,000 for the city of Milbank related to its hospital project.

The board denied economic development grants sought by the city of Wagner for $49,000; the Gettysburg-Whitlock Bay revolving loan fund for $25,000; and the Wessington Springs Area Development Corp. for $5,000.

The board also denied one infrastructure improvement grant that was requested by the city of Pierre for $354,285 related to the Menard’s hardware-store project.

In other action, the board accepted the annual Legislative Audit report regarding the previous fiscal year’s operations.

“We had no findings — very good review,” said Kim Easland, a finance official in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

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