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Gov.-elect Mark Dayton, left, announces during a news conference Thursday that he plans to soon name his chief of staff as he begins the transition to the governor's office. Also pictured is current Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Pawlenty passes baton to Dayton

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ST. PAUL -- There is no doubt the election is over: Democrat Mark Dayton, Minnesota's governor elect, and Republican Tim Pawlenty, who holds the office until Jan. 3, sounded like old pals Thursday after they met privately and before Pawlenty and his wife showed Dayton and his sons around the governor's residence.


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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.