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Dayton seeks presidential disaster declaration

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday asked that counties damaged by floods last month be declared a presidential disaster area.

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Dayton also added 16 counties to the state disaster list, meaning 51 of Minnesota's 87 counties reported damage from flooding that began June 11.

If President Barack Obama honors Dayton's request, state and local government will get federal money to pay 75 of flood-related costs. The state will pay the rest.

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