The Department of Natural Resources plans to put counties in central and southeastern Minnesota under tighter campfire and open burning restrictions starting Sunday.
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to declare parts of northeastern Minnesota a disaster area because of storms and flooding in June.
A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations after preliminary assessments showed recent floods and storms caused more than $108 million in damage.
Thirteen Minnesota counties and three tribal nations have been declared major disaster areas, and are now eligible for federal public assistance.
The Red Lake Reservation was once a sea of red and white pines. But tribal officials say the federal government mismanaged the forest starting in the early 1900s. The pines were never successfully replanted, and thick stands of less valuable aspen took their place.
Federal disaster aid is available for state and local governments following last month’s string of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.
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