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Heavy hitters from the worlds of politics, government and business are among Gov. Mark Dayton's choices to sit on the Destination Medical Center Board, which will oversee the ambitious development of the Mayo Clinic.

MinnPost reports the governor gets four appointments to the eight-member board. Dayton selected his own chief of staff, Tina Smith for a six year term. He also chose Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, former CEO of Wells Fargo Minnesota James Campbell and Susan Rani, president of Rani Engineering. The four must be confirmed the the Senate.

There will be four additional board members, including Rochester's mayor and city council president, a choice selected by the Olmsted County board and Mayo's choice, former Medtronic chief executive Bill George.

The board will oversee Rochester's Mayo Clinic expansion, including $455 million in state funds over 20 years. The project also will get $3.5 billion from Mayo Clinic, $128 million from the City of Rochester and Olmsted County, and an estimated $2 billion from private investors.

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