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Gov. Pawlenty To Travel To Israel

Gov. Tim Pawlenty will travel to Israel on Thursday on a mission to promote Minnesota businesses in the region, reported The Pioneer Press.

Following in Arne Carlson's footsteps, who 15 years earlier made this same trip as governor to promote trade with the region, Pawlenty will lead a team of business leaders, reported The Star Tribune.

Israel is Minnesota's 22nd largest export market, shipping over $121 million of goods--largely computer products and machinery--to the country.

Pawlenty will make stops in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and will speak at an economic conference.

Pawlenty is no stranger to trade missions. He has made stops this year in Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Poland and India.