ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Financial help is on the way to a southwestern Minnesota town hit by a devastating fire last year.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill Friday that provides $1.4 million in disaster aid to Madelia. An explosive fire on Feb. 3, 2016 wiped out much of its downtown, decimating more than eight businesses.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: #Top10WxWeekend Continues With Summery Sunday
The city quickly rebuilt but promised financial help from the state got hung up by Dayton’s veto of a previous tax bill for unrelated reasons. He and lawmakers delivered that aid on Friday.READ MORE: MN Rep. Ilhan Omar Visits Afghan Evacuees At Fort McCoy Calling It 'Uplifting' And 'Emotional'
Republican Sen. Julie Rosen represents the town of 2,300. She says the funds will help replace some infrastructure and help cover the costs of removing damaged material.
Lawmakers still hope to grant Madelia a sales tax exemption for construction materials.MORE NEWS: Man Dies In Lake Street Shooting
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