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City gets grant for traffic safety

The city of Osakis is getting $2,000 for traffic safety equipment.

The money will be used to help buy barricades, traffic cones and lighting to provide safe work zones for public works projects.

The money came from CenterPoint Energy's community partnership program, which awards grants to local communities for safety-related equipment and projects.

Under the terms of the program, the city agreed to match the $2,000 award. City Clerk Angela Jacobson said the program has been generous to Osakis over the years. She added that the new equipment will replace some outdated items.

This year, CenterPoint Energy awarded 70 grants to community organizations in Minnesota totaling $125,000.

Another nearby city, Carlos, will also receive a $2,000 grant. It will go toward purchasing a Lund University Cardiac Arrest System — or LUCAS — an external mechanical device that delivers consistent and uninterrupted automatic chest compressions during CPR.

"Safety is one of CenterPoint Energy's values. Over the past 15 years, we have contributed more than $1.5 million to safety initiatives in our communities," said Dean Headlee, pipeline safety and compliance manager of CenterPoint Energy. "Our community partnership grant program not only helps us stay connected to the communities we serve, but also gives us an opportunity to impact lives by helping them stay safe."

Rachel Shields, community relations program manager of CenterPoint Energy, said that CenterPoint Energy has funded nearly 900 safety projects since 2003. "This year, our community partnership grant program will provide portable defibrillators for first responders, safety equipment for local fire departments and traffic safety equipment."

Winners were determined based on the content of their applications. Participants were required to outline a problem, issue or need in the community and how a community partnership grant would help create a sustainable solution.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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