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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he will extend the State of Emergency for 35 Minnesota counties affected by the recent storms.

Dayton spoke about the extension during a visit to Delano to meet with city officials about flooding. The extension will last 30 days and it will also allow the state to keep National Guard members deployed in areas across the state.

Dayton said he expects the $3 million in a disaster assistance account will be exhausted. As for a special session, the governor continues to wait and see.

"If we need a session, when we need a special session, we're not Democrats or Republicans, we're all Minnesotans," said Dayton.

President Obama will visit the Twin Cities on Thursday for a private fundraiser. Dayton said he has not been informed of the president's schedule beyond that and did not know whether he would tour any flooded areas.

Counties in the State of Emergency include: Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hubbard, Jackson, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lyon, Koochiching, McLeod, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Todd, and Waseca.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi River is rising. The Mississippi River at Winona is considered in minor flood stage with a depth of 13.5 feet. The river is expected to rise to over 14 feet through the end of the weekend. Moderate flood stage at Winona is 15 feet.

Farther up river, the water is about a foot over flood stage in Wabasha.

But the Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce is quick to mention that flood waters have not affected downtown.

The situation is dire though in St. Paul. Mayor Chris Coleman has declared a state of emergency as the city braces for its worst flooding since 2001.

The Mississippi River is predicted to rise another two feet before cresting in St. Paul on Thursday.

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