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Infrastructure grants awarded to three Minnesota communities

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Almost $2 million has been awarded in grant money to improve infrastructure in multiple Minnesota communities. 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded $1,900,218 million in grants for projects in three Greater Minnesota cities.

The funding awarded from DEED’s Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program (BDPI) was approved for Cold Spring, Dodge Center and Lakefield, according to a news release by the department on Wednesday. It is expected to create 207 full-time jobs and prepare the cities for future growth.

“Investments in public infrastructure are critical to the economic success of Greater Minnesota communities,” DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said in a statement. “These grants will help spur that economic development and will create and retain over 200 jobs in Cold Spring, Dodge Center and Lakefield.”

According to the news release, grant money awarded and projects include: 

Cold Spring, $951,330 to assist with constructing a water line to assist with the expansion of Cold Spring Brewing Co. The compnay will invest $37 million in its expansion and add 117 new employees.

Dodge Center, $729,285 to assist with a street and utility extension that will allow McNeilus Steel to expand. The steel company will invest $11.6 million in the expansion and add 50 new jobs.

Lakefield, $219,600 to assist with relocating overhead municipal electrical lines to allow the expansion of Hussong Manufacturing, also known as Kozy Heat, which will invest $3 million in the expansion and add 40 new employees.