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Minnesota rains mean 'some real agony' as farmers lose crops

WELLS and THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - Channels of water snaking between rows of soybeans along the I-90 corridor.

Bales of hay collapsed after torrential rain in northern Minnesota meadows.

A biofuels refinery forced to shut down as an upriver dam threatened to break.

Such scenes are dotting the rural Minnesota landscape following torrential rainfall across the state, stretching from the Canadian to the Iowa border, over the last week. Small towns have flooded, compelling Gov. Tim Walz to call in the National Guard to sandbag around homes and main streets. The deluge has also dumped on the state's mighty agricultural industry, dashing hopes for a great season for many grain farmers and cattle producers after years of drought.


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