Jason Tankersley who has been in the Boy Scouts since he was 6, put together a plan and a proposal for an Eagle Scout Service Project to build benches for the Rice Lake City Park. He presented his plan and proposal at the May 8th Council Meeting with an estimated cost of $750 for materials. City Council approved the project and cost.

Jason led the project and recruited the help of family, friends, and fellow members of Troop 7. The project is now complete.

Jason's vision is to have the benches placed along the hiking trail once it's completed. Until then the benches are placed throughout the park for all to enjoy!

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Low-Income Individuals
and Families Buy or Repair Homes

USDA Rural Development has funds available for very low- and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.

The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to qualified very-low and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. The program is available in rural communities of generally 35,000 people or less.

The maximum loan amount is $40,000 at a one percent interest rate, repayable for a 20-year term and can be used to improve or modernize homes and do essential repairs. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards, such as fixing a leaking roof, installing indoor plumbing, or replacing a furnace.

Housing Repair Loans and Grants

Rural Home Loans

Contact a USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist in your area today, to see if you qualify.  

USDA Rural Development loans and grants provide assistance that supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/mn.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.