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Published March 16, 2010, 08:18 AM

Minnesota Guard Activated

Gov. Tim Pawlenty is activating the Minnesota National Guard to help counties prepare for flooding this spring.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Pawlenty is activating the

Minnesota National Guard to help counties prepare for flooding this

spring.

Pawlenty on Monday declared a state of emergency in 28 counties

affected by potential flooding across western, southern, central

and eastern Minnesota.

The governor's order activates the National Guard to help with

flood preparation and to provide emergency relief.

Pawlenty also directed state officials to activate the Minnesota

Emergency Operations Plan and to help local governments deal with

flooding.

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