- Associated Press - Sunday, December 27, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The community of St. John in Rolette County has been awarded more than $50,000 in federal funds to improve its connectivity to more reliable water sources.

The funds for the community of about 340 people were authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency.

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the money is meant to help the community find new water sources, drill a new well and connect to an existing water main to provide neighborhoods the water resources they need.

Heitkamp says it is critical that officials make sure that rural areas across North Dakota “can rely on the same level of access offered in bigger cities.” She says residents of rural North Dakota depend on readily available water for their homes, farms and ranches year-round.

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