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Governor Dayton requests presidential disaster declaration


Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Governor Mark Dayton requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota as a result of heavy rainstorms and flooding that began June 11. In a letter to President Obama, Governor Dayton described widespread flood damage across Minnesota, and noted that he has expanded the state’s peacetime state of emergency to include 16 additional counties – bringing the total counties impacted to 51.

To date, $10.8 million in eligible damages have been documented through preliminary damage assessments in Chippewa, Freeborn, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Renville, and Rock counties. The FEMA threshold for federal assistance is $7.3 million in statewide eligible damages.

In his letter to the President, Governor Dayton said 31 counties and one American Indian tribe have reported more than $55 million in response costs and uninsured damages to public infrastructure. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), FEMA, and county emergency managers are continuing to assess damage in affected counties.

Governor Dayton noted that preliminary damage assessments are coming in higher than initial estimates, and because some of the hardest hit areas won’t be able to be assessed for several weeks, he is requesting a federal disaster declaration now. The Governor said once all preliminary damage assessments are complete, he will formally request FEMA designate assistance for all additional counties and tribal governments that exceed their threshold.

Most of the damage reported by local officials is to roads and bridges. Local governments also expended significant resources to protect their communities from floodwaters and for cleanup operations caused by mudslides and sinkholes.

If granted by the President, the disaster declaration would provide assistance to townships, cities, counties, schools, and certain private not-for-profit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure.

Examples of eligible expenses would include:

•Debris Removal

•Emergency Protective Services

•Repair or replacement of storm-damaged:

•Roads and Bridges

•Water control facilities

•Buildings and equipment

•Municipal utilities

•Parks and recreat .....
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New law will protect health and safety of Minnesota dogs and cats

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – New state regulations to protect the health and safety of dogs and cats will take effect Tuesday, July 1, 2014. During the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature enacted the new law, creating ..... 
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MDA Commissioner visits agricultural innovators Tour a farm operations expanding with ag grants

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is touring the Southeastern part of the state to showcase business owners expansion achievements made possible by help from state grants. The Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovat ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Wed, Jul 2nd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has no ..... 
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Absentee ballots for August primary allow for early voting beginning June 27

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota voters can cast their ballots early for the August 12 Primary Election by voting absentee starting Friday, June 27. Voters may request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them, or vote absentee in-person at their count ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook 6.27.14

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has inc ..... 
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Minnesota Surpreme Court grants review in transit case against Rochester

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Supreme Court has granted a petition for review of the City of Rochester’s procurement of transit services two years ago. Rochester City Lines, the family owned business that founded the local bus service and ran it for nearly 50 y ..... 
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Click It or Ticket: Nearly 11,000 unbelted motorists ticketed during two-week enhanced enforcement campaign

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt and car seat enforcement campaign May 19-June 1 resulted in 10,874 seat belt citations, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS). Campaig ..... 
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State gains 10,300 jobs in May: Unemployment rate falls to 4.6 percent

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 10,300 jobs in May, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency said the state has added 45,617 jobs in the past year, a growth ra ..... 
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