Grants totaling $5.3 million were approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for infrastructure projects in four Greater Minnesota communities. Funding was awarded for projects in Hutchinson, Kenyon, Paynesville, Perham and Sleepy Eye. Sleepy Eye was awarded $985,587 to assist with the construction of streets, water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and a railroad crossing for a new industrial park. The city estimates 10 new jobs being created in five years. In addition to lots for new employers, the new rail crossing will also allow trucks to travel on the eastern side of town rather than cross in the center of town. The reroute will reduce truck traffic in residential and retail areas.


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