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ST. PAUL - Minnesota has appealed a federal government decision not to provide financial aid for individuals recovering from June storms as legislators begin preparing for a special session to deal with recent storm costs.

Gov. Mark Dayton wrote a letter Wednesday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency saying he "strongly" disagrees with the department's July 19 decision to reject individual aid because home damages were not serious enough.

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