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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during an unprecedented meeting of local, state and federal representatives hosted by U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan on Tuesday in the Capitol in Washington. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum)

Minnesota, North Dakota want flood force

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WASHINGTON - The Red River basin needs an organization spanning both sides of the Minnesota/North Dakota border that can wield enough authority to push through politically difficult measures, such as creating storage areas for floodwater.

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An outfit overseeing the basin with broad arm-twisting power would go a long way toward answering the question posed Tuesday by North Dakota Democrat Sen. Byron Dorgan: "Who's the symphony director here?"

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