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Gov. Dayton visits metro flooding sites as road closures spread

Star Tribune | June 24, 2014

The methodical rise in the Twin Cities’ major rivers is getting hands-on attention Tuesday from Gov. Mark Dayton, while motorists cope with closed crossings around the metro area’s edges and various water-covered urban streets

Governor Dayton, having already been to the far reaches of northern and southern Minnesota in the past week to survey the consequences of flooding, began a closer-to-home tour Tuesday in Delano, where he met with emergency managers and other officials keeping watch over the Crow River. The Hwy. 12 bridge over that waterway is off-limits until water recedes.

At a gathering with local lawmakers, Delano city officials and law enforcement, City Administrator Phil Kern told Dayton that a conservative estimate of damage from the swollen Crow River is already at $250,000 over just five days. That’s 10 percent of the city’s budget. [Read More]


Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken visit flooded southwestern Minnesota

West Central Tribune | June 20, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton visited southwestern Minnesota on Friday along with other state and federal officials to address the impact of flooding in the region.

The governor has been visiting the flood-affected areas throughout the week, and he listened Friday to questions and concerns about regional damage and how to proceed in obtaining aid.

“When there’s a disaster, there are no Republicans or Democrats,” Dayton said Friday. “We’re all Minnesotans, and there’s no handouts in this situation. You pay your taxes, so when these kinds of situations happen and you need assistance, you are entitled to it.”

Local officials and emergency managers from Rock County gathered at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office to meet with Dayton and the others. [Read More]

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Thanking local volunteers in International Falls for filling sandbags to protect area homes and businesses from rising floodwaters.

Minnesota's economy is looking stronger

Star Tribune | June 23, 2014

Companies in Minnesota that work for other businesses — such as accounting, legal, and architectural firms — are more confident about their prospects than they were a year ago.

According to a survey of Minnesota professional services firms released Monday, 52 percent believe their revenue will grow over the next 12 months. That’s compared with 46 percent a year ago.

Among these types of companies, which watch overall economic conditions closely, 44 percent believe their profits will rise over the next 12 months, compared to 41 percent a year ago. [Read More]

Soldiers add muscle to International Falls sandbagging effort

Minnesota Public Radio | June 20, 2014

When emergency officials in northern Minnesota realized the scope of the flooding that has hit the International Falls area this week, they knew it was time to call in the cavalry.

On Friday, help arrived from 108 solders with Minnesota National Guard Troop C, 1-94th Cavalry. They arrived in International Falls to fire up a massive sandbag loading machine at Kerry Park before heading to flooded areas to help homeowners.

"These are all Minnesota boys," Sgt. First Class Troy Smith shouted over the tumult of engines and sand landing in bags as his men worked the machine.

Gov. Mark Dayton ordered soldiers to the area to help the Koochiching County emergency response effort. Public Health and Human Services Director Terry Murray said the county can use the extra hands. [Read More]

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