Quick – who's the most powerful person in the state? Gov. Mark Dayton?
Nope. He's No. 2.
That's according to Minnesota Monthly magazine, which in its latest issue ranks the 75 most influential people in the state. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak (No. 8), activist/Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (No. 21) and meteorologist Belinda Jensen (No. 55) grace the glossy cover.
The magazine says the most powerful person is Target Corp. CEO Gregg Steinhafel, for signing the paychecks of 28,000 Minnesotans and expanding Target’s Twin Cities footprint.
The top 10 are mostly politicians and CEOs. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Cargill CEO Greg Page CEO round out the top 5.
A few others among Minnesota's most influential:
John Nienstedt Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis (No. 12)
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (No. 15)
President of the University of Minnesota Eric Kaler (No. 16)
Radio host Garrison Keillor (No. 26)
CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting Corporation Stanley S. Hubbard (No. 32)
Injured high school hockey player Jack Jablonski, for being a role model (No. 38)
Walker Art Center Director Olga Viso (No. 44)