President Obama signed the Minnesota Disaster Declaration for the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Lake, Meeker, Pine, Rice, Sibley, St. Louis, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. This kind of action will enable many home owners and businesses to access help in starting over as well as many allowing communities to make much needed infrastructure repairs. Northfield avoided the kind of serious damage seen elsewhere but those he need help may be able to get it. I expected Governor Dayton will call a special session to determine how to spend funds to rebuild. Here is a link to a story describing the President’s action.