State grants storm aid to Beltrami County, others in northern Minnesota


ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has authorized $3.3 million to six Minnesota counties and three American Indian reservations for damage sustained in July storms. Beltrami County will receive $259,663 of the funds for damage that occurred from July 19 to July 21.

Dayton announced on Tuesday, Oct. 4, that money will go to governments to spend on damage from thunderstorms, high winds and flooding to their facilities, not private property, in Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Lake and St. Louis counties.

Money comes from an account Dayton and lawmakers established so they would not need to call a special legislative session each time disaster recovery funding was needed. The funds will be used to clean up and fix public infrastructure, with local governments required to cover 25 percent of the costs.


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