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Jefferson County responds to generous donation from Dakota Access

Jefferson, Wapello, Mahaska, and surrounding counties affected by the pipeline, were awarded $20,000 each/KTVO

The Dakota Access Pipeline is saying thanks to Iowa public safety this month, with a big check.

Jefferson, Wapello, Mahaska, and surrounding counties affected by the pipeline, were awarded $20,000 each. These donations will support emergency operations in each county.

Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator Brett Ferrel told KTVO the donation came as a surprise.

Dakota Access made the announcement last month, and presented the checks earlier this month.

"We had a good relationship when they were here, installing the pipeline, and it's important, I think, on their part and also our part, that they are a good community partner with us,” Ferrel said. “They offer a lot of training for our first responders."

Ferrel told KTVO it's too soon to say how the money will be used in Jefferson County. If he could guess, though, part of it will go towards emergency training and equipment.

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