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The Renville-Sibley Cooperative Power Association, based in Danube, will be receiving a $7 million loan to improve electric lines in southwestern Minnesota.

On Wednesday, the USDA announced over $2 billion in funding for 39 projects in 21 states to help utility providers and electric cooperatives build and improve electric infrastructure, smart-grid technologies and renewable energy systems.

Of that, the Renville-Sibley Cooperative Power Association in Danube will receive a $7,055,000 loan to connect 28 customers and build and improve 88 miles of line. This loan includes $439,500 in smart grid technologies. Renville-Sibley Coop serves 1,882 consumers over 1,045 miles of line in six counties in west central Minnesota.