WASHINGTON – The USDA on Wednesday announced funding for 16 projects in Michigan, including a $ 16.9 million loan to the Dickinson County health care system to refinance existing debt and purchase additional medical equipment.
Grants to the cities of Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Norway are also included in the $ 185 million for rural areas in 32 states.
Norway is receiving a $ 50,000 grant to purchase a backhoe to replace one that has reached its end of life. The excavator will be used to support general operations and city water management.
A Kingsford grant of $ 26,500 will be used to purchase a patrol car. This will replace the high mileage car that has outlived its usefulness.
Iron Mountain receives a grant of $ 14,900 to purchase a K-9 vehicle for the police department. The existing K-9 vehicle will be used as a backup or used by a code officer as a regular patrol vehicle.
“The Biden-Harris Administration has made infrastructure investments a priority.” said Justin Maxson, USDA undersecretary for rural development. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services that are vital to all communities.”
The loan to DCH was announced locally in March and officials have been working to close the deal ever since.