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7/1/2014 12:09:00 PM
Dodge County Commissioners Flood damage discussed; K-M team congratulated

By Gretta Becay

There's something in the water, quipped one of the Dodge County Commissioners about the Kasson-Mantorville girls high school softball team 2014 state tournament class AA team championship.

At their meeting June 24, the commissioners approved a resolution congratulating the team on their accomplishment.

Superintendent Mark Matuska later agreed, emailing, "I am so proud of our girls and the coaches. What a fabulous year, undefeated and State Champions."

On the down side of too much water, the commissioners also approved a resolution requesting a federal major disaster declaration. This action would establish the county's eligibility for federal money to help repair damages sustained by the heavy rains that fell on the region June 16 and 17.

Emergency Management Director Matt Maas gave the commissioners estimates of damage throughout the county. For example, townships with the heaviest damage have already had to use their entire annual gravel budget to repair roads washed out by the floods, said Commissioner David Erickson.

Ashland, Vernon, and Claremont townships appear to have the most damage at this time.

The City of Kasson had a power line/tree confrontation and repairs were needed at the water treatment plant, explained Kasson City Administrator Randy Lenth in an email exchange.

Although Mantorville had spectacular amounts of water pour through town in the flooding channel of the Zumbro River, damages were relatively light. High winds accompanying the storm snapped trees from Dodge Center through Mantorville.

The commissioners discussed the scheduled trial Jan 15, 2015, for the civil suit filed by Al-Corn Clean Fuel. County Assessor Ryan DeCook explained that a fee appraisal for the plant must be completed before the trial date. The commissioners approved hiring the the rest of the story in the Star Herald print edition.

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