Gov. Tim Pawlenty will attend the funeral of Mahnomen Deputy Chris Dewey today in Brooklyn Park. Dewey died last week, after being shot in February 2009 while answering a 911 call.
As many as 2,000 law enforcement officers from around the state are also expected for the 11 a.m. service at Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park.
From there, the governor flies to Portland, Ore., for the 2010 Education Commission of the States National Forum on Education Policy. Pawlenty is chair of the Education Commission of the States.
The conference runs through Friday. The governor will fit in some political work there, too, holding a fundraiser for Chris Dudley, a Republican running for governor.