By Howard Lestrud
ECM Political Editor
Following an agreement made by Gov. Mark Dayton and by Democratic and Republican leaders to consider only a disaster relief bill in a special session, the Minnesota Legislature on Sept. 9 approved $4.7 million in disaster relief.
Funding totaling $4.5 million was designated for 18 counties affected by flooding June 20 through 26. The relief is provided by the state as a match for federal funding. Eighteen Minnesota counties will benefit from $18 million in total funding. They include the counties of Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Grant, Houston, McLeod, Hennepin, Morrison, Pope, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin.