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St. Louis County issues statement following special session

Categories: 2012 Press Releases | Author: Dana Kazel | Posted: 8/24/2012 | Views: 15400

N E W S R E L E A S E

August 24, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

St. Louis County officials praise lawmakers’ work in special session

St. Louis County leaders are praising the results of today’s special session focusing on relief for victims of the June 2012 flood. Both the House and Senate have overwhelming approved a flood aid package worth $160 million for northeastern Minnesota, and have sent it to Governor Mark Dayton to sign into law.

“I am thankful for the legislature’s responsiveness to the very real needs of our citizens,” said Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, whose district includes the hard-hit Fond du Lac neighborhood in Duluth. “Their quick work today – not to mention the tremendous efforts of many throughout the public, non-profit and private sectors leading up to today – will go a long way in helping our region recover from this devastating event.”

The relief package will help fund repairs to major roadways such as Haines Road, as well as to bridges and shoulders of County roads.

Commissioner Keith Nelson, who chairs the St. Louis County Board and was in St. Paul earlier this week as lawmakers fine-tuned the flood aid package, echoed Dahlberg’s praise and gratitude. “St. Louis County residents have again proven their resiliency in the wake of this disaster, and I’m happy that their patience has paid off. As a County Board, we will continue to work diligently to make sure our citizens’ needs are met through individual assistance provisions such as Small Business Administration and Quickstart loans, as well as critical funding for public infrastructure. I am sincerely thankful to area legislators for their leadership and support.”

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