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Rural electrics in ND, SD getting federal loans

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Two rural electric cooperatives in the Dakotas are getting federal financial help as part of an effort to improve electric service in 13 states.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Two rural electric cooperatives in the Dakotas are getting federal financial help as part of an effort to improve electric service in 13 states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency is providing nearly $280 million for various projects to increase the reliability of rural electric systems. Officials say the money will result in the construction of more than 1,900 miles of new or improved electrical lines.

The Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative Inc. is getting a $15 million loan to build more than 125 miles of line to service customers in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Clay-Union Electric Corp. in South Dakota is getting a $6.9 million loan for nearly 120 miles of line.

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