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More federal disaster aid OK'd - including Douglas County

ST. PAUL - Businesses and individuals affected by last month's storms may seek low-interest federal loans to rebuild and repair buildings.

The Small Business Administration has approved Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's request for the disaster declaration.

"There is much work to do, but this additional federal assistance will help Minnesotans recover from the severe storms that hit the state last month," Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty urged Minnesotans in need of help to contact the Small Business Administration or Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The SBA will consider granting low-interest loans to residents and businesses of Wadena, Otter Tail, Becker, Cass, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Todd and Wilkin counties.

Pawlenty sent a letter to the SBA last week requesting the disaster declaration. The federal government recently announced other aid would be available to Faribault, Freeborn, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Polk, Steele and Wadena counties.

Last month's storms, mostly a heavy June 17 tornado outbreak, caused more than $35.5 million damage to homes, farmsteads, public infrastructure and businesses. An estimated 842 homes were damaged.