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Dayton Views Damage In Cambridge

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton made his way to Cambridge this week to view the damage caused by the July 1st storm and the fire on July 8th.

The fire on July 8th devastated the Isanti County Historical Society. The Isanti-Chisago County Star reports that priceless artifacts were lost when a fire started in a nearby garage. Crews have been working to retrieve any salvageable documents or other items. ICHS President Kathy McCully told the Star that any items that have been found have been put in a freezer as they await the restoration process.

The Minnesota Historical Site presented the ICHS with a check for $7,000 during Dayton’s appearance in Cambridge.

“It’s a terrible tragedy. This kind of want and destruction is just heartbreaking. The spirit of the community has been shown in terms of the determination to move ahead,” Dayton said to onlookers. “So much that was here is irreplaceable.”

Dayton also spent time surveying the damage done during the July 1st storm that downed many trees and left some residents without power.

The community is still working on clean-up, but is hoping for some FEMA (Federal Environmental Management Agency) relief money. Dayton was able to get the ball rolling on that by asking that Isanti County be declared a disater area. Fourteen other counties are also hoping for FEMA involvement.

Dayton said he hopes the process will be completed in the next 7-10 days, stating that, “it will be a sizeable check.”

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