Potter joining Dayton on trade trip

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Jun 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Gov. Mark Dayton's adult sons are among the Minnesota business owners joining him on a trade mission to Scandinavia and Germany next week.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced the delegation Wednesday. Eric and Andrew Dayton are paying their own way which is standard practice for business leaders who go on state trade missions.

Dayton's sons co-own a Scandinavian restaurant in Minneapolis. Dayton says they are traveling to Europe separately and briefly joining the larger group in Stockholm.

In all, 35 business executives, government officials and higher education leaders are joining the 10-day trip with stops in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Cologne, Oslo and Stockholm. They're meeting and networking with business and government leaders in pursuit of new trade opportunities. They include St. Cloud State President Earl Potter and the dean of the Herberger's School of Business--Diana Lawson.

Dayton previously led trade missions to South Korea and Japan in 2011 and China in 2012.

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