(Paynesville MN-) More than $5 million in grants are being awarded to several rural Minnesota communities for infrastructure projects. The money was approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for projects in Hutchinson, Kenyon, Paynesville, Perham and Sleepy Eye...

DEED spokesman Shane Delaney says the grants are expected to help create or retain 365 full-time jobs.

Hutchinson, $353,563

Hutchinson was awarded $353,563 to assist in creating a new city street where a private road in poor condition exists. The new street will provide better access UPONOR who has committed $12.4 million to purchasing and remodeling a 237,000 square foot building. The new UPONOR facility will create 100 new jobs in five years.

Paynesville, $1,907,500

Paynesville was awarded $1,907,500 to assist in separating and treating wastewater from Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI). AMPI is completing a significant expansion that will result in increased wastewater being sent to the city's wastewater treatment facility. The expansion will increase processing from 2.4 million pounds of milk per day to 3 million pounds. The project will retain 82 full-time employees and add an additional three employees.

– The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) approved just over $36 million in grant and loan funding for water infrastructure projects in Minnesota. The cities of Ortonville, De Graff, Perham, Columbia Heights and Little Falls were approved for funding.

De Graff $5,495,073

This project consists of the construction of a sewage collection system, lift station, force main, and 2-cell pond system. Funding for this project comes from a Point Source Implementation grant of $4,368,073, a USDA Office of Rural Development grant of $1,075,000 and a $52,000 USDA Office of Rural Development loan.