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$15 million loan to help Heartland Electric replace 242 miles of distribution line

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A southeast Kansas rural electric cooperative received a $15 million loan for improvements.

The loan is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will be used at Girard-based Heartland Rural Electric Coop to improve service, including building 242 miles of distribution line.

Ron Graber of Heartland says the loan will not result in any significant changes but it will help keep rates steady.

"We have been in business for about 75 years and we have a lot of system out there across Southeast Kansas, poles that need to replaced, wire that needs to be replaced, services that need to be upgraded, people are using more electricity, we have new homes being built, and this will help us insure that we can provide a reliable and affordable electricity across Southeast Kansas," says Graber.

Twelve other states are also getting loans for similar upgrades in rural areas, resulting in 1,900 miles of new or improved electric line.

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