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Gov. Mark Dayton discusses state flood preparation during a meeting Wednesday in Stillwater. Dayton said he would support an effort to permanently resolve Newport's decades-old Mississippi River levee problem, such as by offering the city state funds to buy flood-threatened properties. Bulletin photo by Jon Avise.

Dayton backs effort to buy flood-threatened Newport homes

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Gov. Mark Dayton said he supports a proposal to use state funds to buy residential properties along the poorly constructed, unsound levee in Newport.

The governor said he would back a measure to use state-borrowed dollars to resolve the flood threat in Newport, where roughly one dozen homes sit adjacent to a structurally unsound earthen levee.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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