STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: Senate DFL not on board with surcharge
By Don Davis and Danielle Killey
Senate Democrats do not want to place an income tax surcharge on the richest of the rich, but they are looking into expanding a new tax the governor wants on the to... Posted on 3/20/13 at 7:22 PM
ASTRO BOB A flood that would make even Noah turn and run
Massive floods are not only common on Earth but 3.5 billion years ago they raged across the Martian landscape. One of the most dramatic issued from a breach in a rift called Mangala Fossae. 'Mangala... Posted on 10/31/11 at 2:36 PM
Floodwaters engorged by a 24-hour deluge of up to 10 inches crumbled roads and damaged homes and businesses in Duluth, Superior and surrounding areas on Wednesday and caused the drowning deaths of dozens of animals at the Lake Superior Zoo.
Streams are rising across Minnesota, so Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday signed an executive order declaring flood emergencies in 46 counties, including Washington, which allows the state to provide a variety of help to local governments.
South Washington County communities experienced initial river flood crests with no major problems, but are planning for more high water along the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers in the coming days and weeks.
Last week’s cold snap has the National Weather Service predicting far lower crests this week. Officials in Newport say that means floodwaters will stop just short of the top of an 800-foot long levee that protects the low-lying riverside neighborhood where the Lees reside.
Opening the Minnesota Emergency Operations Center has become all too common as spring floods approach, but there is a major difference this year. Nine counties were affected by floods two years ago. A year ago, 20 counties were flooded. This year, state officials say 40 to 50 counties, including Washington, are likely to see floods.
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