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Governor Dayton Declares Emergency After Twin Cities Tornadoes

Governor Mark Dayton
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ST. PAUL – Gov. Mark Dayton has declared an emergency for the Twin Cities after a tornado struck Minneapolis and nearby suburbs.

Dayton signed an emergency executive order on Tuesday, continuing the state’s emergency response for the affected areas and directing state agencies to help local governments respond to the disaster.

He order also lifts restrictions on the hours when commercial drivers can deliver supplies to the disaster areas.

The tornado tore a path from suburban St. Louis Park through north Minneapolis and into Fridley on Sunday, killing one man and injuring dozens. Another man died helping clear debris afterward.

Dayton’s emergency order remains in effect for five days. The state Executive Council can meet to extend the order.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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