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Gov. Pawlenty visits troops in Kosovo

Gov. Tim Pawlenty was in Kosovo this weekend visiting the 400 Minnesota National Guard troops stationed there, the Star Tribune said.

He wanted to thank the soldiers for their work, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

He held a town hall meeting to hear their questions and concerns. Some of those included disability benefits and tuition reimbursement, MPR said.

The Minnesota troops in the Balkan nation are from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry, headquartered in Mankato.

This was Gov. Pawlenty’s second visit to the nation since it declared its independence from Serbia in February.