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A state trooper, center, assigned to protect Gov. Mark Dayton, orders Freeman Gruss, left, to remove a sign Wednesday protesting the governor's plan for an expanded federal medical program. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Dayton faces and diffuses protest on second day on job


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton diffused a tense situation at his first official function Wednesday by sharing his microphone with shouting protesters crowded into his office.

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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.