The Minnesota Legislature is tentatively planning to meet for a special session on Aug. 24 to approve aid for the flood-ravaged Duluth area.

A 13-county area and three tribal nations in the northeastern and central part of the state were hit hard by storms and flooding in June. Last month, they were declared federal disaster areas.

Federal assistance covers 75% the qualified costs. The state and local governments must cover the rest.

Gov. Mark Dayton wants lawmakers to approve a $190 million aid package that would fully cover the $26 million local match and provide additional funding for infrastructure and other repairs.

The state would issue some debt and dip into its reserves to cover some of the costs.

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