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Minn. to open trade office in Germany

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota will open a European trade office in Germany to promote exports and foreign investment in the state.

Dayton's administration announced the new outpost while the governor was traveling in Germany as part of a 10-day trade mission.

It is one of three international offices the Legislature allotted money for in the new state budget. The other two locations have yet to be announced. Minnesota currently has a trade office in Shanghai, China.

It wasn't immediately clear when the new office will open. Officials say it will be located in the Dusseldorf-Cologne area of Germany. The country was Minnesota's fifth-largest export market in 2012.

During Dayton's campaign for office, the Democrat questioned the strategy of having foreign trade offices.

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