President Obama has declared a disaster in eight Minnesota counties damaged by flooding, unleashing federal funds to help repair millions in damages. June and July storms hit more than 50 of the state’s 87 counties, costing Minnesota an estimated $55 million for flood response and repairs.
Teams from the state and federal emergency management offices are headed to four Minnesota counties to start adding up the damage from recent storms and flash flooding. The surveys were starting Tuesday and Wednesday in Jackson, Nobles, Renville and Rock counties.
This week, Liz Collin and Lauren Casey headed to Worthington in southwest Minnesota, about 175 miles from Minneapolis. The city sits on Lake Okabena, and its downtown area is just blocks from the water. It’s the town where Liz grew up, and it’s also host to the U.S. National Windsurfing Championships.
A 10-year-old girl has been found dead after a hay bale fire Thursday night in southwestern Minnesota. The fired happened at a farm west of Adrian, Minn., around 7 p.m. Once the fire was out, firefighters took apart the round hay bales and found Perry Heideman’s body lying among them.
Investigators found 15 dead horses on a Nobles County farm Tuesday afternoon. According to the Nobles County Sheriff’s office, the animals were found at a farm in Reading, which is near Worthington. Nine horses on the farm are still alive and in good condition.
President Barack Obama has declared a major federal disaster for five southwestern Minnesota counties hit by an April ice storm.
Power company officials say Murray County area residents should have energy restored Sunday, but it’s still unclear when Nobles County will be restored.
The administrator of a small southwestern Minnesota community says a damaging ice storm has changed the city scape forever.
Gov. Mark Dayton called out the state National Guard Wednesday to help residents of southern Minnesota after an ice storm knocked out power to thousands of people and another storm threatened to dump several inches of wet snow by Thursday.
Authorities are still trying to round up some wayward buffalo that escaped from a ranch in northwest Iowa.