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USDA selects recipients for grant

USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider announced Wednesday the selection of eight recipients to receive more than $470,000 in grants to support small business and to create job opportunities.

"This funding will help sustain rural business and promote job creation," said Schneider. "Providing assistance to improve economic development efforts enhances the quality of life in rural communities."

Among the recipients was the New Rockford Area Betterment Corp., which received a $60,000 grant. The grant will be used to purchase and install a digital projector and an accompanying sound system. The equipment will be leased to the Rockford Theatre, which will provide a system that requires little human labor to run. In addition, the sound system will make it possible for individuals with hearing disabilities to enjoy a movie.