Disaster Bill Passes, But Communities Will Want More

State disaster relief is on its way to flood- and tornado-damaged communities, but officials said they may be back for more help next year. Minnesota legislators unanimously approved $80 million in disaster relief during a brief special session Monday, with most heading to southern Minnesota communities hit by floods fed by record September rains. Wadena…
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Senate Joins House In Passing Disaster Bill

The Minnesota Legislature unanimously approved an $80 million disaster-relief package this afternoon.

House OKs Flood, Tornado Disaster Bill

The Minnesota House unanimously approved an $80 million disaster-relief package this afternoon, with the Senate expected to follow shortly. Most of the money is to go to southern Minnesota communities affected by flooding last month. Some state representatives complained that Republicans opposed to federal money were hypocritical when they accepted Washington funds for disaster relief.…
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Emotions Run High In Disaster Legislative Session Meetings

Zumbro Falls Mayor Alan VanDeWalker tells a Senate committee meeting this morning about his community’s extensive flood damage, watched by Sen. Ann Lynch of Rochester. Zumbro Falls Mayor Alan VanDeWalker’s voice cracked as he told a Senate committee this morning about last month’s flood. “This has basically wiped out my town,” the 20-year veteran mayor…
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Committee Meetings Lead Up To Special Disaster Session

Minnesota legislators are returning to St. Paul today with a goal of appropriating $80 million to help communities hit by floods and tornadoes. Most of the money would go to southern Minnesotans who endured floods last month, but $6.6 million is set aside for Wanda and other areas affected by a June 17 tornado outbreak.…
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