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After a stop at the Jaycees Block Party face painter, Damon Swierenga, 5, foreground right, and his 3-year-old brother Emery and their mother Krystal wait out a brief shower at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Fests event in downtown Willmar. The Swierenga family are downtown residents. Rain impacted the Willmar Fests kiddie parade as well. And other parts of the region experienced stormier conditions Thursday afternoon, with several funnel clouds reported. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Heavy rains create problems in west central Minnesota

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WILLMAR –– Counties closed washed-out roads, cities discharged untreated sewage and homeowners dried out basements following heavy rains early Thursday that dumped nearly 8 inches of rain in parts of west central Minnesota.

Renville County and Redwood County are among the 35 Minnesota counties included in a State of Emergency declared Thursday afternoon by Gov. Mark Dayton.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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