>>Superior National Forest Remains Open to Visitors

(Duluth, MN) — The Superior National Forest is open for visitors and campers, but some areas and roads are closed due to storm damage. Public affairs officer Joy VanDrie (VAN’-dree) says there are closures in four of the five districts. VanDrie says a travel advisory is in effect for the entire forest due to downed trees and some inaccessible areas. Twenty-five roads in the Superior National Forest are closed, but all recreation sites are open. She says two entry points into the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness are closed. Closures and alerts are posted on the Superior National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/superior/.

>>Rapidan Dam Holding

(Mankato, MN) — The Rapidan Dam south of Mankato remains intact, and county officials expect it will survive the flood-threatening structure. Blue Earth County Engineer and Public Works Director Ryan Thilges(Till-jis) says flooding at the dam is still at a historically high level, but the flow rate has decreased. The flows peaked yesterday at 34,800 cubic feet per second. Currently, they are flowing at 33,000 cubic feet per second. This makes that the second-largest record flood at the Rapidan Dam. Thilges says they will not know the extent of the dam’s damage until they can safely send survey crews down to examine the structure.

>>Flood Recovery Contractor Tips

(St. Paul, MN) — As communities shift into recovery mode from “catastrophic” flooding, property owners will likely need contractor help to clean up and restore any damage. Bao Vang with the Minnesota Better Business Bureau (BBB) says while local contractors will likely be fielding plenty of calls, don’t get desperate with your hiring, as there are organizations to help fan out your search.  Vang says her office can walk you through the steps over the phone during normal business hours. She urges homeowners to contact their insurance company first to confirm what their policy covers and the filing requirements.

>>Scammers Impersonating Minnesota Housing, Asking Residents to Apply for Nonexistent Housing, Vouchers

(Undated) — Scammers have been impersonating Minnesota Housing on Facebook, directing Minnesotans to apply for nonexistent housing and vouchers online or in person. The fraudulent pages, now taken down, used identities including “Minnesota Housing Authority” and Minnesota Housing Development Authority.” Scammers lured people to follow links that asked for personal information that could put them at risk for identity theft. Minnesota Housing says it does not manage housing waitlists or issue housing vouchers.

>>MN e-Bike Rebate Application to Reopen July 2nd

(St. Paul, MN) — After a major online crash on launch day, only allowing nearly 80 applications to go through, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced today (TUES) that online applications for the e-Bike Rebate Certificate will reopen at 11 a.m. next Tuesday, July 2nd. Officials warn that only 10,000 submissions will be accepted; anyone else must apply for the 2025 rebate. If approved, you will receive a response by July 9th,

Individuals must meet the eligibility requirements listed on our e-Bike Rebate webpage and will need to provide their:
Name and contact information
Date of birth
Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
Tax filing status in the previous calendar year
Adjusted gross income in the previous calendar year
From line 1 of Minnesota Form M1 or line 11 of Federal Form 1040

>>MN Twins Recall Pitcher Henriquez

(Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Twins are recalling right-handed pitcher Ronny Henriquez from Triple-A St. Paul. This will be 24-year-old Henriquez’s second stint with the Twins this year, after being with the club from April 22–25 and tossing 2.0 scoreless innings on April 22nd vs. Chiago-AL. To make room for him on the Twins’ 26-man roster, right-handed pitcher Chris Paddack was placed on the 15-day injured list with right arm fatigue.


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