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Gov. Mark Dayton is making the rounds of more Minnesota cities along flood-swollen rivers to meet with emergency managers and local officials.


He stopped in Delano, which has been flooded by the Crow River, Tuesday morning.

Dayton's itinerary for the day also included stops along on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.

Dayton announced a state of emergency has been extended another 30 days for 35 counties after flooding wreaked havoc across the state last week.

Dayton says extending the declaration will ensure the state is ready to respond quickly as the disaster unfolds.

Dayton says he's unsure whether he'll need to call a special legislative session to approve state aid to flood damaged communities.

He says he expects a new $3 million disaster assistance account will be exhausted but says he views a special session is a "last recourse."