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Published November 30, 2009, 10:49 AM

Pawlenty to Lead Trade Trip

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty leaves Saturday on his seventh major trade trip in his seven years as governor.

By: Asssociated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - In the name of trade, Minnesota Gov. Tim

Pawlenty heads south later this week - way south.

Pawlenty leaves Saturday on his seventh major trade trip in his

seven years as governor. Brazil and Chile are on the itinerary.

Thirty-three people in the 44-member delegation are business

executives. The rest are academic leaders and state officials, such

as Pawlenty and his wife, Mary.

Neither country ranks particularly high on the Minnesota list of

trading partners. Brazil was 15th in 2008 and Chile was 30th. But

officials point to the large upswing in manufactured exports over

the last decade as signs of a ripe market.

Pawlenty has previously led delegations to delegations to

Canada, China, the Czech Republic, India, Israel and Poland.

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