Dayton declares emergency after Minn. storm 12 Apr 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Governor Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency after an April snowstorm struck southern Minnesota.

Dayton signed an emergency executive order Thursday. The order exempts trucks and drivers transporting supplies and materials to areas hit by the storm from state regulations regarding hours of service.

Drivers providing emergency relief efforts still need to follow other safety regulations.

Dayton earlier activated the state National Guard to help Minnesotans dealing with the storm.

An ice storm knocked out power to thousands of people in southwestern Minnesota this week. Up to 8 inches of wet snow fell on top of the thick layer of ice.