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Memorial service planned for late Ag Secretary, Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle and other state officials will be gathering to pay respects to state Agriculture Secretary Rod Nilsestuen who drowned Wednesday while swimming in Lake Superior.

Nilsestuen had served as Doyle's secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection since he first took office in 2003.

The 62-year-old was volunteering with Habitat for Humanity last week in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when he went for a swim and drowned.

A visitation followed by a memorial service is planned Tuesday at Bethel Lutheran Church just blocks from the state Capitol in Madison.

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