ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in 16 counties because of extensive damage from the July 1 storms.

The storm system spawned supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes as it moved from southwestern Minnesota northeast across the state and into Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Under Dayton’s order, dated Saturday, state agencies are directed to provide necessary help to local units of government, and to determine the need for supplementary disaster aid. It also allows insurance adjusters licensed in other states to serve Minnesota policy-holders.

The counties covered by his order are: Anoka, Brown, Isanti, Kanabec, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Pine, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Stearns, Wright, and Yellow Medicine.

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Comments (12)
  1. TwinsRAwesome says:

    Nice to see the governor do something since he hasn’t done squat with the shutdown! Yes libs, fish rot from the head and last time I looked, he is the head of this state.

  2. MNRN says:

    Dayton needs to go!!!

    1. TwinsRAwesome says:

      Still…Ventura, Franken, yadda, yadda, yadda….

  3. jmh says:

    For one thing it is not his doing it is the re-pug doing every thing the governor put on the table they reject and we would not be in this mess if it wasn’t for your good friend t paw so grow up especially the one who is not from MN. by the way how many of you are the so called tea party

    1. mike says:

      He could of kept a lights on bill ,and state workers would be working, he’s ineffective just like when he was in Congress!

  4. Gramma Sally says:

    Get rid of the good old boys………..elect the ones who are going to get stuck with all of this debt. Quit worrying about the rich, the old and the unemployed.

    Worry about what legacy you have left to the 40 and 50 year old workers.
    They have fought your wars, have children to raise and need to have a future to look forward to.
    Give the young folks with families a chance to decide their own future.

  5. We are the laughing stock of the nation says:

    Dayton tells the repubs they have to come to him with a budget proposal as he will not initiate anything nor will he call a special session unless it’s his way.

    Both sides are stubborn fools but, hard as it is to swallow, the repubs have the right idea – spending has to be cut, forever raising taxes is no solution. But, they can’t have it all at once. It didn’t get here all at once and it won’t go away all at once. So the repubs need to make some concessions for the time being.

    Dayton, on the other hand, needs to pull his head out of his back end and make an attempt to do something sensible during his one and only term as governor.

    1. frozenrunner says:

      The budget initiates with the governor. You can see his proposal on the OMB website. Laughingstock? 8 years a Pawlenty repeating no new taxes gets him how much respect nationally? Passed over for Sarah Palin for the VP nod, All of his work and only 6 percent in the Iowa polls. Last Strib poll showed Dayton with a 59% approval rating A June 1 Minnesota Poll showed the GOP legislature with a 29% approval rating . So, passed on statewide opinion and not yours, who has their heads where?

  6. frozenrunner says:

    To all of the naysayers, try to remember which areas were not pro Dayton (think where the storm hit). He is not playing politics unlike his GOP counterparts with LGA funding among other things

  7. Kevin says:

    dayton can spell emergency????? Really????

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