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Senator wants 'red tape' removed on flood money

A state senator representing thousands of Minnesotans who were flooded earlier this year wants Pawlenty to help.

"I am asking the governor do what he can to strip away the red tape," Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, said. "It is Christmas season, so I would simply ask that he do what he can."

The first-year senator was not so kind in everything she said.

"I wish he would show concern about our families who fall through the cracks, our farmers who have not gotten any help, who have thousands and thousands of dollars of fence line washed down the creek," she said.

Erickson Ropes complained that thousands of dollars in state aid approved during a special legislative session remain in state bank accounts instead of being paid to southeast Minnesota flood victims.