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Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau Administrator Graig Fugate of the Federal Emergnecy Management Agency, left, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty brief reporters Saturday about state and federal response to flooding throughout Minnesota.

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ST. PAUL -- Federal authorities are on standby in case local and state workers need help fighting floods, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator says he takes a back seat.

"We are in support of the governor and the governor's team," Craig Fugate said Saturday after meeting with Gov. Tim Pawlenty, state emergency management leaders and congressional staffers.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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