One year in, Dayton expresses confidence

Governor Mark Dayton conveys his willingness to walk through fire 'to achieve something I believe in.' His first term is marked by a contentious legislative session and a shutdown of state government.
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Governor Mark Dayton conveys his willingness to walk through fire 'to achieve something I believe in.' His first term is marked by a contentious legislative session and a shutdown of state government.

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Gov. Mark Dayton will meet with Republican and Democratic leaders on Friday to negotiate an agreement on flood relief, the Associated Press reports. Dayton says he won't call the special session until leaders agree to a limited one-day agenda. A legislative panel on disaster relief held a Capitol hearing Thursday, according to the AP. Republican Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem and GOP Rep. Mary Liz Holberg say a special session is on track for Aug. 24.

Dayton vetoes bill expanding deadly force

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Dayton considers aid for Sartell paper plant

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