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The Davids of the Dakotas worry Goliath Minnesota

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ST. PAUL -- More than 5 million people live in Minnesota, 673,000 in North Dakota and 814,000 in South Dakota.

Minnesota state government spends about $30 billion a year, North Dakota $4.5 billion and South Dakota $4 billion.


Twenty-one of the country's 500 largest businesses call Minnesota home, North Dakota hosts one and South Dakota has none.

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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.