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Published February 27, 2010, 08:10 PM

MN Governor Reacts To Earthquake

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says his thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile after a large earthquake there.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says his thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile after a large earthquake there.

Pawlenty led a trade mission to Chile and Brazil in December and delegates had meetings in Santiago and Concepcion in an effort to promote trade exchanges and economic relations.

Pawlenty says in a statement Saturday that trade mission strengthened the growing bonds between the state and the country.

St. Cloud State University President Earl Potter was a member of the delegation. He says the school has a student exchange program with the University of Concepcion. While some Chilean students are at St. Cloud State, there are no students from the university currently studying in Chile.

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