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Dayton visits International Falls as waters rise

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Jun 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has traveled to the International Falls area of northern Minnesota to meet with officials who've are trying to hold back the rising Rainy River and Rainy Lake.

Volunteers and government crews have placed over 80,000 sandbags to try to protect homes, cabins, resorts and other buildings in the border region.

Dayton plans to travel in the opposite direction Friday to discuss flood damage in Minnesota's far southwestern corner, where roads have been blocked and low-lying farm fields have been covered with standing water.

The threat of severe storms remains in the forecast for southern Minnesota for Tuesday afternoon and evening, with more thunderstorms predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, and showers forecast through the weekend. Northern Minnesota caught a break Tuesday, but thunderstorms are forecast for Thursday.

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