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Ryan Kluver, a Nova-Tech machinist, from left, visits with David Fredrickson, commissioner of agriculture, Gov. Mark Dayton and MinnWest President Jim Seiben Sept. 28, 2012, during the governor’s statewide listening tour. Dayton’s flight to Willmar is one of three trips the legislative auditor reviewed to determine if the governor broke the law by using a state airplane to travel to political events. Tribune file photo by Ron Adams

Legislative auditor scolds Dayton: Auditor: Dayton violated law by taking campaign aide on plane

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton broke the law when he took a campaign aide with him on a 2012 state airplane trip, the legislative auditor said Thursday.

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Auditor James Nobles also said state law is not clear about whether the governor can use a state airplane for traveling to political events.

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