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The Leaf River has flooded and nearly overtaken the west lane of U.S. Highway 71 just north of Wadena. The floodwater has a frozen crust with below freezing temperatures Thursday.

Wadena County declares emergency; 48,000 sandbags on the way

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The Wadena County Board declared a state of emergency due to flooding and ordered an additional 48,000 sandbags at an emergency meeting Thursday.

"We've got significant flooding along [the] Crow Wing River threatening and or in homes already," said Emergency Manager Scott McKellep.

Two businesses that he knows of, including Wahoo Valley, have experienced flooding along with a residence, McKellep said.

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