Minnesota News Round-up - Several injured in deck accident in Forest LakeMinnesota News
-- Around two-dozen people were posing for a family photo when the deck they were standing on gave way at a home in Forest Lake on Saturday night.
(Forest Lake, MN) -- Around two-dozen people were posing for a family photo when the deck they were standing on gave way at a home in Forest Lake on Saturday night.
Officials say most of the injuries were minor, but an elderly man had to be airlifted to a local hospital. The deck was built 23 years ago and experts say you should have decks inspected every 10 years.
It's expected Governor Dayton and legislative leaders will meet today (Mon) to try to hammer out details on a flood relief package for northeastern and south central Minnesota -- as Friday's target date for a special session looms. Dayton has proposed a $190-million package but some Republicans are reluctant because of the state's budget situation. The governor indicates willingness to talk about the dollar amount but adds, anybody who wants to deny disaster aid to people who live in Minnesota who suffer severe disaster is gonna be accountable in the court of public opinion. Whether the state provides individual assistance to homeowners is still up in the air.
Thee push is on to get everything ready for opening day of the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday. Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette says many of the food vendors are arriving today after finishing up other fairs and events over the weekend. The 2012 Great Minnesota Get-Together opens at 6 a.m. Thursday. Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples headline the first Grandstand concert.