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      Nearly $70,000 in grants means new patrol vehicles for Upper Michigan

      Several Upper Peninsula law enforcement agencies will be receiving help in the form of a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Initiative Community Facilities Grant Program.

      According to Senator Debbie Stabenow, the Houghton County Sheriff's Department, Forsyth Township Police Department, Dickinson County Sheriff's Department, Iron County Sheriff's Department, and the City of Manistique are the recipients of grant monies to assist in the purchase of new patrol vehicles to help protect local residents.

      "We depend on our men and women in uniform to be there in times of crisis, and they depend on us for the support they need to do their jobs," said Stabenow.

      The law enforcement agencies will be utilizing the grant money received to purchase new patrol vehicles. The agencies mentioned by Senator Stabenow will be receiving varying amounts of grant money from the program.

      City of Manistique - $20,000Forsyth Township - $7,000Houghton County Sheriff's Department - $22,000Dickinson County Sheriff's Department - $8,000Iron County Sheriff's Department - $12,000

      Each agency has vehicles that are nearing the end of their useful lifespan, according to Senator Stabenow. The senator is the Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which has jurisdiction over rural development projects.