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Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces on Wednesday that his administration will spend $180 million in federal stimulus money on highway projects outside the Twin Cities.

Don Davis - Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Federal money boosts state road program; Douglas County gets a piece

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ST. PAUL - Federal funds meant to spur the economy will help make this one of Minnesota's busiest road construction years.

Federal economic stimulus money will provide $180 million for 60 Minnesota transportation projects outside the Twin Cities, including one in Alexandria, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Wednesday. By the time all money is received, Minnesota officials expect to receive $596 million for state and local highway and transit projects in the coming two years.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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