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A Minnesota think tank, Minnesota 2020, hosted a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Bemidji to raise awareness about the impact of USDA Rural Development funds in the region. Pictured, from left, Bill Beyer, president of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, which received a low-interest USDA Rural Development loan for its new building; Kathy Luepke, area specialist with USDA Rural Development in Bemidji; and Lee Egerstrom, economic development fellow with Minnesota 2020. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

USDA Rural Development projects play an important role in area

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BEMIDJI — Whether funding $10 million in tribal college improvements or $60,000 toward a new fire truck, area residents benefit from USDA Rural Development funds in a variety of ways, according to a statewide think tank.

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