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Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, tells reporters Friday that an agriculture funding bill Gov. Mark Dayton signed Friday is a good example of how both sides need to compromise. Behind Kubly are Dayton, left, and Sen. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's agriculture policymakers say they set a pattern that other state budget negotiators should follow.

"I hope we can serve as an example as the ag committee to other committees," Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, said Friday after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill spending $79 million on agriculture in the next two years.


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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.