One of Minnesota’s largest ever economic development grants will be used to help improve the local area. The grant from the federal Economic Development Agency is for $9.8-million, and will be used to raise Highway 169 between St. Peter and Mankato. Officials are hoping to keep that stretch from flooding again after seven floods in the past 20 years, including in 2010 and 2011. The project will mean 500 new jobs and an additional $10-million in new investment, and is being planned for 2016. The Region Nine Development Commission worked with Minnesota transportation officials to apply for the grant. The typical federal EDA grant is around $1-million.