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Storms Damage Buildings, Down Trees in Southern Minnesota

Severe thunderstorms swept through southern Minnesota, bringing hail and high winds that downed trees and damaged buildings.

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Benton County Emergency Management Director Jim McDermott explains what happens when severe weather strikes. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Benton County Emergency Management Director Jim McDermott explains what happens when severe weather strikes. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Behind the Scenes: Alerting You During Severe Weather [VIDEO]

This week in our "Behind the Scenes" series on WJON, we help you stay safe during severe weather at the Benton County Emergency Management Center. It doesn't take long for the skies to turn scary and that's when Jim McDermott and the Benton County Emergency Management Center spring into action.

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Dayton Directs State Disaster Aid to Dakota County

Although the federal government said no, Dakota County will get disaster aid to help with severe storms and flooding earlier this year.

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More Minnesota Counties Qualify for Disaster Aid

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 18 more Minnesota counties as primary natural disaster areas due to heavy rain, flooding and cold temperatures from May 1 through July 1.

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FEMA Rejects Dakota County For Disaster Declaration

The federal government has denied Minnesota's request to add Dakota County to a disaster declaration for recent severe storms and flooding.

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First Half of 2014 Now Wettest in St. Cloud History

St. Cloud set a new record this weekend thanks to rain on Friday, 2014 is now the wettest first half of the year on record.

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Strong Winds Knocks Out Power in Some Central Minnesota Homes

The strong winds have left over 600 East Central Energy customers without power this evening (Monday).

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Storms Lead to Large Barn Fire Near Eden Valley

A barn started on fire near Eden Valley after a lightning strike on Saturday night.

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Lightning Injures Woman in Anoka County

A Dayton woman has been severely injured by lightning while watching a youth baseball game in Anoka County.

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Rains Cause Flooded Minnesota Streets, Power Outages

A rainstorm that dropped more than 4 inches of rain in parts of eastern Minnesota has flooded streets and knocked out power to thousands of customers.

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