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Chippewa, LqP, Renville counties in USDA disaster declaration

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ST. PAUL (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 11 Minnesota counties as disaster areas because of the combined impacts of excessive rain, high heat, strong winds, tornadoes and an early fall frost this year.

The declaration announced Wednesday makes affected farmers in those counties eligible for low-interest loans from the Farm Service Agency as well as aid from other USDA programs.

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