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Geithner to scout Minnesota's 'green' economy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in Minnesota today to tout efforts to build an energy-efficient economy.

Green boosters say Minnesota a natural place to do it. The state was among the first to push ethanol as a fuel additive and thousands of wind turbines turn on its gusty prairies.

Geithner's visit comes only hours after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. The visit is part of a broader White House push to take his agenda on tour.

Geithner plans to meet with local politicians at a roundtable at Honeywell International Inc.'s plant in Golden Valley.

The Obama administration has set aside more than $100 billion for clean energy as part of the $787 billion stimulus.

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