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Kandiyohi County gets 5 million dollars in CARES Act funding

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(Willmar MN-) Kandiyohi County has received just over 5.2 million dollars from the federal government to offset COVID-19 related losses. Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl says they are now creating committees to decide the best way to disburse the money that was made available through the federal CARES Act...

...Of the 5.2 million dollars, just less than 2 million will go to cities and townships. Kleindl says they are still in the process of learning all the requirements attached to the funding...

...Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin says The City of Willmar is in line to receive about 1.3 million...

...Most local officials agree they would like to see some of the CARES Act money go to help businesses and non-profit struggling because of declining revenues and being closed down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– The Minnesota Department of Revenue and Minnesota Management and Budget announced today that the state has distributed nearly $600 million in aid to local governments impacted by COVID-19. The funding is part of the federal CARES Act and was authorized for distribution by Governor Tim Walz in late June.

“Local governments across the state are feeling the impacts of COVID-19 on their budgets and the services they provide,” said Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans. “The funds authorized by Governor Walz with input from the legislature will help these local governments effectively respond to this public health emergency.”

Local governments could begin applying for aid on June 26, with applications being submitted to the Minnesota Department of Revenue for approval. The department received and approved certifications for 64 counties, and 196 cities and townships by June 29. The total distributed was $596,086,068.