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Governor vistis National Guard troops

Governor Tim Pawlenty is on a trip this weekend to visit Minnesota National Guard troops currently serving overseas in Kosovo, reports the Star Tribune.

The governor left Minnesota Friday, in secret for his protection, to visit over 400 of Minnesota's National Guards soldiers who are in Kosovo on a peacekeeping mission.

"We're here to let them know Minnesotans are thinking of them," Pawlenty said in a conference call with the Star Tribune on Saturday.

The troops were deployed to Kosovo in October as part of the United Nations' international peacekeeping mission in the country.

In February Kosovo declared it's independence from Serbia in what some consider a controversial move.