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Strong Storms Roll Across Northern Minnesota

Storm clouds in Forest Lake on Wednesday night - Photo: Courtesy of Tonicia Maleski

More storms rolled across the state Thursday, causing damage and power outages near Brainerd.

The National Weather Service posted a severe thunderstorm warning for Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties early Thursday. A flash flood warning was also in effect for portions of Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties.

Franken Tours Flood Damage, Mudslide in Mpls.

Sen. Al Franken tours the site of a mudslide near the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview on Thursday afternoon.  - Photo: KSTP-TV/Brandi Powell

U.S. Sen. Al Franken got another firsthand look Thursday at the damage done by flooding across the state, this time, touring the mess left over by a mudslide in Minneapolis near the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

Minnesota Expected to Ask for Federal Assistance after Flooding

Flooding caused a portion of County Road 6 in Belle Plaine to collapse. - Photo courtesy of David Hindermann

Minnesota elected officials headed out Friday to gauge damage from widespread flooding caused by sustained, heavy rains. Gov. Mark Dayton joined Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in assessing damage in southern Minnesota, where many areas have swollen lakes and rivers and flooded fields.

Officials: Stay Away from High Water, Don't be This Guy...

Kayaker makes a safe landing after going over Minnehaha Falls Thursday. - Photo courtesy of ReLando Calrissian via Twitter

As the State of Emergency in 35 Minnesota counties continues in Minnesota from extreme flash flooding Thursday, law enforcement says stay out of the high water.

Safety experts are urging Minnesota boaters, paddlers and swimmers to think twice before heading out on the water right now.

Line Workers Restore Power to 106,000 Xcel Energy Customers

Photo: AP/Al Goldis, File -

Hundreds of power line workers have restored service to most of the 106,000 Xcel Energy customers who went down in weekend storms.          

All but a couple hundred customers had power by Monday morning.          

Corps Imposes River Navigation Restrictions

Heavy rain and swollen waterways have caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restrict commercial navigation on the Mississippi River.
    
Three Mississippi River locks in the Twin Cities are closed to commercial navigation because of high flows caused by the recent heavy rainfall.
    

Marina Owners Start Breaking Ice on Lake Minnetonka

Boating season is beginning in Minnesota. Boats had to break up chunks of ice to make their way into marinas Monday.

Owner of Wayzata Marine Dave Briggs was busy breaking up ice in Lake Minnetonka's Maxwell Bay. "This bay was about 70 percent covered with ice and we brought four boats out and started slowly carving it up," he said.