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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells state legislators that thre state still needs to invest in jobs and educagation. His comments came Wednesday night, April 30, 2014, during his annual State of the State speech. Behind him are Senate Prfesident Sandra Pap;pas and House Speaker Paul Thissen. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Greater Minnesota gets Dayton shout-out in State of the State speech

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton focused much of his State of the State speech Wednesday night on greater Minnesota, from HitchDoc in southern Minnesota's Jackson to the Kelliher schools in the north.


He used areas outside the Twin Cities to tout the state's economic growth, but also to illustrate what he sees as the need for more state spending.

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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.