Gov. Dayton declares state of emergency in wake of storm, orders National Guard assist stranded drivers
February 21, 2014 — 6:34pm
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in the wake of Minnesota’s most recent crippling winter storm, ordering that the Minnesota National Guard deploy to assist stranded travelers.
Emergency Executive Order 14-06 follows requests by the Sheriffs of Renville, Steele and Freeborn Counties for help rescuing and sheltering motorists. The order is effective immediately.
Eight to 17 inches of snow blanketed Minnesota and western Wisconsin, resulting in the Minnesota Department of Transportation to rate Friday’s morning commute “Hazardous,” meaning drivers should stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Southbound Interstate 35 remains closed from Owatonna to Iowa, as does I-90 in both directions between Stewartville and Austin.
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During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."