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Governor Daugaard Awards Block Grant to Midland

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

MIDLAND, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded $515,000 in Urgent Need Funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to the community of Midland, South Dakota. The money will assist the community with plugging a geothermal well that was deemed unsafe during an inspection this past March.

“I’m pleased to announce that Midland will receive this assistance to address safety issues with the city’s geothermal well,” said Gov. Daugaard. “I commend the city of Midland, and all its community leaders, for taking an active role in ensuring the health and safety of the community remains intact.”

After discovering a leak during a routine inspection of the geothermal heating system earlier this year, investigators determined the leak was coming from a geothermal well. It was decided the current well conditions were too dangerous to repair. The contracted engineering firm and the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources recommended that the well be plugged.

The CDBG program provides local governments with funding to complete projects that improve living conditions. The CDBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

For more information about the CDBG program and other financing programs offered through the GOED, please visit

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