Obama signs disaster declaration for southern Minnesota counties hit by April storm
May 3, 2013 — 3:28pm
President Obama today signed a disaster declaration today, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the southern Minnesota counties affected by a severe winter storm in early April.
Federal funding will be available to state and local governments and some nonprofit organizations in Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Rock counties for emergency work and the repair of replacement of facilities damaged by the spring snow and ice storm that hit that region of the state during the second week of April.
According to a Federal Emergency Management Agency estimate, the storm caused more than $26 million in damages.
In the storm's aftermath, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who represents southern Minnesota, surveyed the damage and met with residents, business owners and government leaders. They sent a letter to the White House last month, urging the president to issue a disaster declaration.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
The floods that ripped through West Virginia late last week and killed 23 people also destroyed 1,500 homes, ravaged 125 businesses and caused $36 million in damage to roads, state officials estimated Friday.