Gov. Mark Dayton is encouraging Minnesotans to observe a moment of silence one week after the shooting deaths of 26 students and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Dayton called for the observance at 9:30 a.m. Friday. He also encouraged places of worship that have bells to ring them 26 times in honor of the victims.
Some observances - including a tolling of the bells at Duluth's Old Central High School - will come an hour earlier, at 8:30 a.m., to coincide with a ceremony in Connecticut.
Here is the proclamation the governor issued.