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7 northwestern Minnesota counties to get federal aid

Associated Press

MOORHEAD — The federal government has agreed to provide emergency assistance to seven northwestern Minnesota counties affected by flooding.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced the federal emergency declaration Thursday for Wilkin, Clay, Marshall, Polk, Norman, Kittson and Traverse counties.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s efforts will supplement state and local response to the flooding.

Already, 450 Minnesota National Guard members are responding to the flooding in four counties.

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Other developments Thursday in spring flooding in Minnesota and North Dakota:

— American Red Cross has opened shelters in Red River Valley. Over 50,000 ready-to-eat meals in place, as well as cots, blankets.

— Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty gives local governments and licensed facilities authority to set up temporary care facilities for ill, injured.

— Pawlenty says anyone with a license, certificate, or other permit to provide health care in U.S. or Canada may do so in Minnesota — even without state credentials.

— Salvation Army has 10 mobile canteens, three stationary food sites in Fargo. Mobile canteens also in Grand Forks, Crookston, Bismarck.

— In Moorhead, Clay County District Court cancels next week’s hearings as authorities set up emergency operations command center at courthouse.

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