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Emotions run high in disaster session

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ST. PAUL -- Zumbro Falls Mayor Alan VanDeWalker's voice cracked as he told a Senate committee this morning about last month's flood.

"This has basically wiped out my town," the 20-year veteran mayor said as state lawmakers began to look into funding disaster relief for southern Minnesota floods and a June 17 tornado outbreak.

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All businesses in the southeast Minnesota community were wiped out, along with half of the homes.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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