Minnesota governor unsure he'll need to call special session for flood aid



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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he's unsure whether he'll need to call a special legislative session to approve state aid to flood damaged communities.

Dayton and other members of the state executive council met briefly Monday to extend an emergency declaration for 35 counties for another 30 days. Afterward, the governor said the situation is still unfolding as river levels continue to rise.

Dayton says he expects a new $3 million disaster assistance account will be exhausted, but says he views a special session is a "last recourse."

Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1nKaexn ) reports Dayton says he's still committed to getting help to communities, farmers, business and families as quickly as possible.

Dayton plans to visit hard-hit areas around the Twin Cities Tuesday. He expects to travel to Warroad Wednesday.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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