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More severe weather sends Gov. Dayton to assess damage in Mankato and Owatonna

Gov. Mark Dayton had planned to make several appearances in Marshall today, but continued severe weather has diverted his trip to Owatonna and Mankato, where he’ll meet with local officials to assess flood damage.

The revised schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m.  Gov. Dayton was to meet with local officials and emergency management personnel in Owatonna at the Steele County Emergency Management facility (107 West Main Street, Owatonna). Following the meeting, the governor and local officials will visit flood-affected areas in Owatonna. 
  • 1:45 p.m.  Gov. Dayton will meet with local officials and emergency management personnel in Mankato at the Blue Earth County Justice Center (401 Carver Road, Mankato). Following the meeting, the Governor and local officials will visit flood-affected areas in Mankato.

The canceled Marshall events include a groundbreaking ceremony for the Southwest Regional Sports Center in Marshall, a visit with high school students at Minnesota Boys State and a stop at Action Manufacturing, which is getting state funding for an expansion.

Weather-related issues have been high on the governor’s to-do list this week: On Monday weather forced the cancellation of a visit to see storm damage in Luvurne and Edgerton; instead he talked by phone with officials there about after weather damage. Tuesday he was in the International Falls area to see flooding there, and on Friday, he’ll visit storm-damaged counties in southwestern Minnesota.

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