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Special session for flood relief tentatively set for Aug. 24

Minnesota’s legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton are gearing up for an Aug. 24 one-day special session to deal with flood relief in Duluth and other cities.

A memo from Senate Majority Leader David Senjem and House Speaker Kurt Zellers alerts legislators that there will be preliminary meetings on the disaster relief, starting today, Aug. 7.

They say that the “exact time and final disaster relief package has yet to be determined,” but want legislators to start making plans for the special session, which they expect to be held Aug. 24.

Heavy rains on June 20 caused severe flooding in Duluth and other northeastern Minnesota cities.

Gov. Dayton and other officials had hoped to include in the special session help for the Sartell paper plant that exploded on Memorial Day, but the plant owners have decided to close the mill.

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