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Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle briefs reporters about executive orders he and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed Tuesday requiring the states to find ways to cooperate. The pair gave several examples of how cooperation could save both states money. Tribune photo by Don Davis

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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.

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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