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State seeks drought declaration

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ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants the federal government to declare 25 drought-stricken Minnesota counties agricultural disaster areas.

The governor sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Friday seeking the declaration, which would open the door to financial assistance for affected farmers.

"The extremely dry conditions are taking a toll on crops and forages, which are directly impacting Minnesota's farm families," Pawlenty said in a statement.

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