A number of northeast Missouri communities will benefit from a round of federal grants and loans.

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Officials with the USDA Office of Rural Development Tuesday announced over $612,000 in grants and loans coming to northeast Missouri to modernize maintenance and public safety equipment for eight rural communities.

The city of Hannibal gets $115,500 to purchase a new street sweeper and a new front end loader.

The city of Perry gets $55,000 for a new dump truck.

The city of Shelbina gets $23,500 to purchase a fully equipped law enforcement patrol vehicle.

The city of Clarence gets $145,200 for two new utility trucks and a new police car.

And, the Industrial Development Authority of Paris gets $40,300 in grants and loans for a utility vehicle to be leased to and used by the city of Paris.

Funding for the grants and loans comes from the Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program, Economic Impact Initiative Grants, and the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act.

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