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ST. PAUL (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton says the state will open a European trade office in Germany to promote exports and foreign investment back in Minnesota.

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

Dayton says he met with Geringhoff officials while in Germany, a farm equipment company that last year announced plans to build their first North American plant here in St. Cloud.

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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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