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Associated Press, Published August 25 2011

Ex-candidate Pawlenty heads back on road in Sept.

ST. PAUL — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is ready to make his return to the podium, albeit without the status of being in the Republican presidential hunt.

Pawlenty is scheduled to address an energy company's gathering at a posh resort in California in mid-September. It's about a month after he ended his White House bid following a disappointing third-place finish in Iowa's GOP straw poll.

The speech at Royale Energy's West Coast Energy Summit Conference in Santa Barbara was announced by the company on Thursday. Earlier this year, Pawlenty was commanding five-figure appearance fees through an arrangement with a speakers' bureau. His paid speeches diminished as he became a full-fledged 2012 candidate.

Pawlenty hasn't said what career options he'll pursue after nearly two decades in political office.