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Northwestern Minnesota lawmakers told fellow legislators Wednesday that a flood assistance package should be passed this year. The lawmakers include Reps. Paul Marquart of Dilworth, from left, Dave Olin of Thief River Falls and Morrie Lanning of Moorhead.

Lawmakers push flood-relief plans

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ST. PAUL -- Northwestern Minnesota lawmakers say a $67 million flood mitigation and relief package should pass this year, and there appears to be broad support for the plan.

Lawmakers propose spending $50 million in state-borrowed funds to provide grants to communities that have experienced or are at risk of seasonal flooding.

Most are in northwestern Minnesota's Red River Valley, site of major flooding in March, but Granite Falls and Stillwater also could seek funding.

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