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Kandiyohi Co. Historical Society receives Legacy grant of more than $50K for historical markers

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Historical Society has received a $58,000 grant to replace markers at historic sites in the county.

The $58,034 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant will come from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which was created with the passage of an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution in 2008 to support natural resources and the arts. The amendment is commonly called the Legacy Act.

The Kandiyohi County project includes replacing aging wooden signs with permanent granite markers at about two dozen sites around the county. The grant will also fund development of a guide brochure to accompany the new system.

The permanent markers will help preserve the history of the county's people and places far into the future.

The work is expected to begin this summer and be completed in June 2011.

"It is wonderful to see so many communities and local organizations benefiting from the Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants," Britta Bloom-berg, deputy state historic preservation officer, said in a news release. "Minnesotans should be proud of the unprecedented opportunities these grants provide for organizations to preserve and share our history and cultural heritage.

The impact of projects supported by Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants will be felt throughout the state for many years to come."

The Society will award a total of $6.75 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years for projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation across the state.