WILMOT, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota is getting more than $1.8 million in loans and grants to help boost health and public safety in rural areas.

The funding announced this week is through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program.

South Dakota has three projects receiving funding, including a $48,700 grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety to purchase two police vehicles and a $40,800 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Brule to replace windows, doors and floor covering.

Meanwhile, Wilmot Care Center Inc. in the northeast South Dakota community of Wilmot was awarded a $1.77 million loan for the construction of an assisted living facility that will include eight bedrooms and three efficiency units.

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