Extra help on the way for Minneapolis tornado damaged homes

A state panel is releasing loan money for rebuilding tornado-ravaged north Minneapolis early. The Minnesota Housing Board is making $750,000 available for lower-income homeowners.
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A state panel is releasing loan money for rebuilding tornado-ravaged north Minneapolis early. The Minnesota Housing Board is making $750,000 available for lower-income homeowners.

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