Freeborn County to get $46K to help with last month's tornado damage

Last month, three tornados hit Minnesota.

Freeborn County will be getting some help from the state following last month's tornados.

Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton issued a letter authorizing up to about $45,860 in relief for Freeborn County. That'd come from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account.

This is in response to the severe thunderstorms and tornado that hit the Clarks Grove area. The storm damaged trees and buildings, and left a huge mess.

This aid will reimburse the country for repairs and cleanup costs. Under Minnesota law, the state will reimburse 75 percent of eligible costs for public infrastructure repairs and cleanup.
The Clarks Grove tornado was just one of three that hit Minnesota on March 6, marking the state's earliest tornados ever. The others happened in Zimmerman and near Bricelyn.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources just announced Wednesday crews would begin cleaning up around the Sand Dunes State Forest in Sherburne County. That was damaged by the Zimmerman tornado.

The DNR asks people to avoid the Ann Lake Campground and Day Use Area while crews work. Officials hope the areas will be open by Memorial Day.

You can check status updates on that project here.

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