- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Four groups in the Dakotas are getting grants through the federal Agriculture Department’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program.

The program aims to help develop or expand rural businesses, especially co-ops and mutually owned businesses.

In North Dakota, the Mandan-based Common Enterprise Development Corp. is getting $200,000 to provide technical assistance to American Indian co-ops and businesses in the Dakotas and Minnesota. The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Co-ops is getting the same amount to help co-ops and mutually owned businesses in the state.

In South Dakota, the Value Added Agriculture Development Center in Pierre is getting about $72,000 for the same purpose. The Sturgis-based West River Foundation is getting $750,000 to provide for low-interest loans for community development.

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