The city of Pine River was awarded $595,000 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Small Cities Development Program Grant on June 27, 2018. The purpose of the grant funds was to support the rehabilitation of two city water towers.

In conjunction with the funding award, the city agreed to promote fair housing guidelines as adopted by the federal Fair Housing Act.

The Fair Housing Act is a law created through the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson to help limit discriminatory practices toward individuals and families when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance or engaging in other housing-related activities.

The act was created on the principle that every American should have an equal opportunity to seek a place to live, without being afraid of discrimination due to factors outside their control.

The city of Pine River has promoted fair housing guidelines and practices by posting information and making brochures available at city hall, accessible during regular business hours. Anyone with additional questions about fair housing may also contact the SCDP Grant Administrator, Chelsea Alger, at Chelsea.Alger@bolton-menk.com or 507-625-4171, extension 3481.