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Forum staff reports, Published March 07 2010

Barnesville Fire Dept. awarded federal grant

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – The Barnesville Fire Department is among 14 Minnesota communities that will receive federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Barnesville was awarded $41,278 out of more than $611,000 in funding coming to the state, members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation announced Thursday.

“Minnesota’s first responders deserve to have the tools they need to keep us safe,” Democratic Sen. Al Franken said in a delegation statement. “This funding will go a long way toward making sure they can protect our communities during a crisis.”

Other communities awarded grants include Minneapolis, Lewisville, Waterville, Pine Island, Cologne, Watertown, Free-port, Paynesville, Richmond, Barrett, Badger Royalton and Hoyt Lakes.