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Obama's Minn. message: Look at hiring veterans

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is using his trip to Minnesota to tout a new initiative to connect veterans with private employers who could use skills they gained through military service.

Obama's Friday visit began at Honeywell International's operation in Golden Valley. Later, he was to appear at a trio of high-dollar fundraisers in Minneapolis.

Obama says he rode to the first event with Gov. Mark Dayton and congratulated his fellow Democrat for "keeping the Vikings." Dayton spearheaded this year's push to approve a stadium for the team.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty criticized Obama before the event, saying the president's policies have stifled job creation. He pointed to Friday morning's report that U.S. employers added just 69,000 jobs in May, the lowest number in a year.

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