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Associated Press, Published December 06 2009

Disaster loans available in seven Minnesota counties

ST. PAUL – The federal government is offering low-interest loans to small businesses in western Minnesota, much of North Dakota and two other states to cover losses related to weather-related crop damage.

Businesses in seven Minnesota counties along the state’s western border can apply.

The low-interest loans are available after U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared an agricultural disaster at the request of North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven. Eligible counties include 42 in North Dakota, seven each in Minnesota and Montana and one in South Dakota.

Clay, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin counties in Minnesota are included.

The Small Business Administration loans aren’t available to farmers or ranchers, who can get assistance through the Farm Services Agency.

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