Ventura cancels trip to Roseau

Associated Press

ROSEAU, Minn. -- Gov. Jesse Ventura canceled a trip to flood-stricken Roseau on Friday because of bad weather for flying.

Thunderstorms and heavy rains moved across much of the state today. Ventura spokesman David Ruth said the bad weather was expected to continue through the day between the Twin Cities and Roseau, so officials decided to cancel the flight.

Ruth said it wasn't immediately decided whether Ventura would reschedule the trip.

Ventura had planned to fly over damaged crop areas and tour the town's emergency operations center, temporary housing and a disaster recovery center at Roseau High School. Ventura had also planned to visit the Polaris Industries plant, the town's largest employer, which was saved from flood damage by volunteers who built dikes around it.


Heavy rains forced the Roseau River out of its banks last week, sending water over most of the town of 3,000, located in far northern Minnesota about 10 miles south of the Canadian border.

President Bush declared the region a federal disaster area, making residents eligible for federal assistance.

On Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began moving in emergency housing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency asked the Corps to provide trailers for people whose homes are too damaged for occupancy.

Federal and state officials opened the disaster recovery center Thursday. The center will be used by state and federal agencies to coordinate relief for people whose property was damaged. The agencies are providing temporary housing, individual and family grants, low-interest loans and unemployment assistance.

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