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SD electric co-op getting aid for storm repairs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- An electric cooperative in western South Dakota is getting more than $20 million to help cover damages caused by an early October blizzard.

South Dakota's Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are making the award to Grand Electric Cooperative. The money will help reimburse the co-op for repair or replacement of power lines and more than 1,500 poles damaged by the storm in Butte, Corson, Harding, Meade, Perkins and Ziebach counties.

Just under $18 million is coming from the federal government, which is covering 75 percent of the cost. The state's 10 percent share is nearly $2.4 million. Grand Electric is contributing 15 percent, or about $3.6 million.

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