ST. PAUL - Three rural Minnesota communities have been awarded $6.6 million in stimulus funds to upgrade their facilities and infrastructure.

The announcement was part of $193 million in Recovery Act projects announced throughout the country Thursday by USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program.

First Care Medical Services in Fosston will receive a $6 million loan to expand its existing medical center.

Pine City will receive a $585,000 loan to upgrade roads where underground infrastructure is being replaced, and the city's storm sewer will also be improved.

The library in Northome will receive a $15,000 grant to purchase an energy-efficient furnace, and to buy shelving for the library's children's section.

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