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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells state legislators that the state still needs to invest in jobs and education. His comments came Wednesday, during his annual State of the State speech. Behind him are Senate President Sandra Pappas and House Speaker Paul Thissen. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Dayton: State doing well: Greater Minnesota gets shout-out from governor

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ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton focused much of his State of the State speech Wednesday night on greater Minnesota, from HitchDoc in southern Minnesota’s Jackson to the Kelliher schools in the north.

He used areas away from the Twin Cities to tout the state’s economic growth, but also to illustrate what he sees as the need for more state spending. He seldom mentioned the Twin Cities, other than stadiums being built for the Minnesota Vikings and St. Paul Saints.

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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.
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