Dayton asks for low-interest loans in wake of FEMA aid denial

Following the denial of appeal for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair home and business with flood and other June storm damage, Gov. Mark Dayton has moved on to asking for loans from the Small Business Administration. Dayton is seeking loans to repair damage done in St. Louis, Carlton and Pine and adjoining counties, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
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Following the denial of appeal for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair home and business with flood and other June storm damage, Gov. Mark Dayton has moved on to asking for loans from the Small Business Administration. Dayton is seeking loans to repair damage done in St. Louis, Carlton and Pine and adjoining counties, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

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