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Brad Anderson, with the secretary of state's office, left, briefs Mark Dayton, right, and Yvonne Prettner Solon on an information packet about running for governor. Dayton on Monday became the first Democrat to officially file for governor. Prettner Solon is his running mate. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Former Democratic senator Dayton first major candidate to file for governor; selects Duluth sen. as running mate

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota governor's race is heating up with the deadline to file for office a week away.

On Monday, former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton became the first major candidate to file for governor. Rumors about a fellow Democratic candidate's running mate hit the Internet just as Dayton and his running mate, state Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon of Duluth, were talking to reporters.

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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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