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Rep. Larry Howes, foreground, R-Walker, and Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, listen to speakers at a Department of Natural Resources meeting Thursday at Lake Itasca on how to promote the state park. They also talked about a pending $1.2 billion state budget deficit. Pioneer Photo/ Brad Swenson

Pawlenty creates task force to study regional fire service

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty late Friday created through executive order a task force to study shared fire and rescue service delivery.

The move comes perhaps in response to a $1.2 billion state budget deficit and that he may eye taking some of the $400 million slated to go out to cities and counties at the end of the month.

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