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From left are Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, South Dakota Gov. Michael Rounds, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Gen. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, as the governors visit the Al Faw Palace in Baghdad, Iraq. (Submitted photo courtesy of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office)

Pawlenty sees improved Iraq


ST. PAUL -- Conditions in Iraq are improving, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday during an unannounced visit.

"There is a hopeful sense here, a more stable sense here than some of my recent previous trips," the governor said.

Military leaders invited Pawlenty, in Iraq for the fifth time, and four other governors to visit Iraq. Their trip is to continue, but Pawlenty said he was not allowed to reveal future stops.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.