News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT
DELANO, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say city crews in Delano managed to break up a huge ice jam that led the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the area west of the Twin Cities. The Star Tribune reports that the ice jam formed at Bridge Avenue Friday night caused the Crow River to rise to major flood state and threaten the city of about 7.600 people. Officials say city crews using an excavator succeeded in removing part of the ice and debris jam. River levels were slowly decreasing.
NEW PRAGUE, Minn. (AP) - U.S. Postal Service officials say the post office in New Prague is being temporarily relocated due to safety concerns with the building. Officials say an environmental specialist has been called in to inspect recent remodeling at the facility. It's not known how many repairs may be needed or how long it would take. The mail service has been moved to the Belle Plaine Post Office. Belle Plaine is about 14 miles from New Prague.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A new report shows a Canadian oil pipeline company spent $11 million last year lobbying leaders in Minnesota, where the company is fighting to replace its aging Line 3 pipeline despite opposition from tribes and environmentalists. State campaign finance data released this week show nearly all of Enbridge Energy Partners' lobbying money was used advocating before the Public Utilities Commission. It marks the second consecutive year the company has outspent all other groups lobbying in the state.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says President Donald Trump has granted her request for an expedited disaster declaration for 56 counties with damage from recent flooding along the Missouri River and other parts of the state. The declaration makes assistance available to homeowners, renters, businesses, public entities and some nonprofit organizations.
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