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Dayton announces Friday flood-relief special session

There will be a one-day special session of the Minnesota Legislature on Friday to approve flood relief for Duluth, northeastern Minnesota and other hard-hit areas, the governor announced. Dayton and lawmakers have been trying to come to an agreement about how much money the state ought to dedicate to rebuilding infrastructure after June flooding. It appears they settled on $167.5 million, less than the $195 million Dayton had proposed.
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It appears that DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have agreed on a deal to approve $167 million on flood relief projects in northeast Minnesota, following devastating summer floods, the Star Tribune reports. That's less than the $195 million that Dayton had proposed.

Minnesota legislators will return to St. Paul for a special session on Friday to approve the deal.

Much of the money, about $79 million, would be used to repair roads, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

In other news, more than $500,000 has been awarded to Duluth to hire 50 temporary flood relief workers to restore public infrastructure in the city, Northland's Newscenter reports.

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