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Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, left, and Jim Doyle of Wisconsin sign executive orders that require their aides to look into ways the states can cooperate to save money. An example is Wisconsin using a Minnesota helicopter to check on deer herds. staff photo by Don Davis

Minnesota, Wisconsin consider sharing to cut costs

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota and Wisconsin can save millions of dollars if they work closer together - on things such as bulk purchases of salt for roads and food for prisoners - the states' governors said Tuesday.

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle signed executive orders requiring their staffs to work together hunting for ways to save money.

"We can be more efficient buyers if we work together," Doyle said during an announcement in Pawlenty's office.

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