- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

PARKSTON, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota cities of Menno, Parkston and Wagner are among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to water and wastewater systems with more than $340 million in grants and loans from the federal Agriculture Department.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the cities’ share of funding. Menno is receiving a $1 million loan to upgrade the sewer sanitary system. Parkston is getting a $300,000 loan to extend sanitary sewer collection lines and add additional hook-ups.

Wagner is getting a $1.75 million loan and a $200,000 grant for upgrades to its water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems.

The federal agency is providing $175 million in loans and $165 million in grants through the Water and Environmental Program.

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