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Steele-Waseca Service Territory Transportation

map showing transportation in the regionI-35 runs directly through the Steele-Waseca service territory and provides access to the Twin Cities to the north and to several major highways to the south. This forms the backbone of the area's strength in transportation. A centrally-located regional airport with the ability to handle aircraft up to 20-passenger corporate jets, proximity to the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, excellent short-rail connectivity to the major rail lines, and proximity to ports on the Mississippi River means that all major forms of transportation are accessible. In addition there are already several established trucking hubs in the region, and interest in adding new ones. Multiple warehouses are in operation in the region, and with easy access to the Twin Cities (but outside the range of big city congestion), I-35, and I-90, the area is a prime location for distribution centers.

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The Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant program — known as the Red-Leg program — has available loans up to $740,000 for qualified projects.