Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a peacetime emergency in the aftermath of the storms that raked some two dozen Minnesota counties with high winds and flash floods in late June.
Wednesday's executive order comes after severe storms that hit between June 20 and June 26. The storms caused floods, downed trees and knocked out electrical service to more than half a million residents around the Twin Cities.
GOP Party Chairman Keith Downey released a letter to a party committee questioning the judgment and competency of Deputy Chairman Chris Fields just days ahead of the election for party officers in St. Cloud Saturday.