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Flood waters of the Red River lap at the Main Avenue Bridge Friday between Fargo, on the left, and Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Federal aid follows disaster declaration

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By Scott Wente

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - President Barack Obama's major disaster declaration for flooded northwestern Minnesota counties clears the way for further federal assistance.

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The declaration for seven counties along the Red River triggers federal assistance to state and local government and certain non-profit groups for emergency work and repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

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