GEORGETOWN, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton administration’s wants $3 million to protect the tiny western Minnesota town of Georgetown from future floods.

Dayton amended an earlier public works proposal after visiting the town of 129 last weekend.

The Forum reports the new $3 million is on top of $28 million Dayton already recommends for flood prevention in many areas of Minnesota, especially the Red River Valley.

Mayor Traci Goble says the Georgetown money would fund buyouts of 19 properties plus the construction of a permanent dike, at least 3 feet higher than the community’s existing levee.

Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers added a couple of feet of temporary clay to shore up Georgetown’s permanent levee system. Since then, the town has been a virtual island, surrounded by floodwaters from the Red and Buffalo rivers.

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Comments (9)
  1. GettingByInMN says:

    So, let me get this straight…. Our Governor wants $3Million dollars to help a community of 129 people? And we wonder why we are in debt to our eyeballs? They choose to build there, they can choose to build somewhere else… but not with Taxpayer money.

    1. Nic says:

      Agreed. I don’t think we need to spend $23,000 per person on this.

    2. Carps says:

      I also agree. We could use that money to help the Vikings build their new stadium. Now those are people really in need!

  2. Is this Sheenius too? says:

    Dayton must have doubled up on his Prozac again.

    Aren’t you knuckleheads happy you elected him? Bet you’d love to trade him for Jesse now … heh, heh

    1. dphilips says:

      People like you are ignorant ,selfish rubes

  3. Norm says:

    Don’t build your house on a ant hill and complain about the ants.

  4. Jake says:

    I would like Governor Dayton to visit our house and see our woeful, 1980s era kitchen. I expect he would immediately add $40,000 to the budget request. It’s pretty outdated.

  5. DJ says:

    Why shouldn’t the state help a small community? Not sure how or why building a stadium for million dollar football players is more important than a small community with a history? So, in other words football players who make more than most of us will see in our lifetimes. Deserve their own stadium! Where are your priorities?

  6. Dale says:

    So how does this story relate to a Viking Stadium? Some of your comments are quite odd.
    Just because someone doesnt support the entire state of MN moving a community of 129 people doesnt mean they support a new football stadium.
    I do believe the levy system in Moorhead & Fargo were paid by the local communities, not a state project.

    Try to stay on the subject people.

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