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Duluth Mayor Don Ness listens Friday as Minnesota legislators discuss a bill that would provide financial aid for his city, and other parts fo the state, to recover from summer storms. Don Davis / Minnesota State Capitol Bureau

Dayton signs bill, $180 million heads to disaster victims

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ST. PAUL - Help is on the way.

The Minnesota Legislature sent that message Friday when it overwhelmingly approved spending $180 million so disaster-stricken communities can pick up the pace of recovery and make repairs they would not be able to accomplish on their own.

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Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill shortly after the House passed the bill 125-3 and Senate 60-7 in a special legislative session lasting less than two hours. It was one of the shortest sessions in memory.

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