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Delegates dance to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” while celebrating as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton takes the stage to accept the DFL nomination for governor at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth on Saturday. Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune

DFLers celebrate as Dayton nominated for second term

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DULUTH — Four years after his party denied Mark Dayton access to its state convention floor in Duluth, DFL delegates welcomed him to the same floor Saturday with a riotous celebration.

“This is a great time to be a Democrat in Minnesota,” the first-term governor told a pumped-up crowd of 1,200 delegates in the old arena at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center after accepting their unanimous endorsement. “Aren’t you proud to be a DFLer? I sure am.”

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