- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

WOONSOCKET, S.D. (AP) - The Town & Country Fire Department of Woonsocket is getting a $212,000 loan through USDA Rural Development to purchase a fire truck.

The money is coming in the form of a grant to Central Electric Cooperative Inc. from the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program.

Two other South Dakota cooperatives are receiving money through the program.

Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative Inc. is receiving a $700,000 loan and a $300,000 grant to buy medical equipment for the Milbank Area Hospital in Milbank. The project will create 11 jobs and assist in supporting 102 jobs.

Dakota Energy Cooperative Inc. will receive a $300,000 grant to help the Huron Regional Medical Center purchase IT equipment. The project is expected to create 237 jobs.

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