Biwabik receives large grant after 2018 washout

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BIWABIK, MN — It was announced to that the City of Biwabik will receive $118,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Congressman Pete Stauber, who made the announcement, said the money is for the repair of water and wastewater infrastructure.

That’s needed after a massive washout in 2018.

“The city of Biwabik was confronted with substantial repair costs for damaged water and wastewater infrastructure following a washout last year,” said Stauber. “I am grateful to the USDA for securing this grant and helping to alleviate the burden that was placed on this important community in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District.”

“When the washout occurred in Spring 2018, the City of Biwabik knew that we would be faced with significant repair costs for the damaged infrastructure for our water and wastewater systems,” said Biwabik mayor Jim Weikum.

“Agencies like the USDA and Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation stepped in and dramatically mitigated the financial impact of the damages. It has been gratifying to be able to partner with these agencies when faced with such challenges,” he added.

Drainage from the old Ajax Mine washed a 30 to 40-foot deep gully that ripped lines and service to 60 residences in Biwabik.

Stauber said is happy to help alleviate the burden that was placed on the community.

Reporter Anthony Matt

Reporter Anthony Matt

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