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Health Commissioner Dr. Sanne Magnan and Gov. Tim Pawlenty discuss state response to the first "probable" case of swine flu in the state during a Wednesday news conference. Pioneer Photo/Scott Wente

Health officials plan for swine flu

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is prepared to respond to a swine flu outbreak, state health leaders say, but the first probable case was a "wake-up call."

Public health leaders attempted to reassure Minnesotans Wednesday that a well-rehearsed pandemic response plan is in place. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and top state health officials announced Minnesota's first probable case of swine flu in a woman affiliated with schools in Cold Spring, in central Minnesota.

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