As you know, the Minnesota Legislature passed and Governor Pawlentysigned into law, a $80 million disaster relief bill for the 29 impactedcounties in southern Minnesota and the June 17 Wadena tornado ($7million of the bill is for the Wadena area). I’d like to thank all ofthe residents of Wabasha and Goodhue Counties that came to the capitol to show their support on the day that we passed the bill.
A great deal of work is underway to help families in our area to recover. State, federal, county, and local government staff and leaders are working hand in hand to help bring the assistance that our flood-stricken neighbors so badly need. We are now seeing help from long-term recovery organizations, including Lutheran Social Services and The United Way as
they get organized to assist families in the long term.
I want to bring your immediate attention to one very important fundraising event that will be taking place this coming weekend at Bluff Valley Campground, located just west of Zumbro Falls on Highway60. Floodfest 2010 is a 3-day flood relief event aimed at raising money to help flooded families throughout our area. I highly encourage you to attend this event
to show your strong support for our friends and neighbors. The event is still accepting donations for the live and silent auction, as well as volunteers to help throughout the weekend. A full Floodfest schedule is available at: http://www.bluffvalley.com/floodfest2010.htm
Please forward this email to your friends, family and neighbors and encourage them to participate!