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Cassandra Braford, proud new homeowner, stood with family and other officials before the grand exposition of her new home in Alexandria. Viewers of the exposition included Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development state director, Adam Czech, public information coordinator for the USDA Rural Development Department, representatives for Collin Peterson and Al Franken, and Steve Hellermann, Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County board president. (Photo by Leah Stinson)

Home, sweet home, thanks to Habitat and USDA

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When most people think of the USDA, only farms and meat inspection come to mind. Cassandra Braford of Alexandria is one of the few who knows there's much more to this enterprise.

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Braford celebrated the completion of her new home with her two children, Ramsey and Riyada, along with state and local officials Thursday, June 14. The house was completed May 7, and Braford, her children and her mother, Jean, have been living there ever since.

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