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Lawmakers in St. Paul to authorize flood relief

At Friday's special legislative session, lawmakers will approve spending $167 million to help counties that were wracked by flood waters and wind storms this summer. Nearly half the money will pay for repairs to roads and bridges, but there are also some economic development grants and low-interest loans for housing repairs.
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Minnesota lawmakers will gather Friday for a special session of the Legislature, and they are expected to approve $167 million to help counties rebuild after devastating summer flooding. Lawmakers agreed to the figure after several weeks of talks with Gov. Mark Dayton. It falls $27 million short of Dayton’s initial proposal, Politics In Minnesota reports.

Much of the money is for public infrastructure repair.

The package is expected to include a program that would offer forgivable, no-interest loans to flood victims willing to stay in their homes for 10 years, the Duluth News Tribune reports. To qualify for it, homeowners first have to sign up for a Small Business Administration loan.

Of course, most who suffered in the flooding have not been waiting around for government aid. Friday's special legislative session aside, residents in the small town of Thompson expect that the work – and expense – of rebuilding is theirs, the Star Tribune reports.

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