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Dayton Orders State Capitol To Reopen Today

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is ordering the state Capitol and State Office Building to reopen to the public in advance of a special session to end the state's government shutdown. Dayton's order calls for the buildings to reopen at 9 a.m. today.

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Frustrations Over Shutdown Run High As Governor Dayton Comes To St. Cloud [AUDIO]

Hundreds of people showed-up at Apollo High School in St. Cloud today (Tuesday) to hear from Governor Mark Dayton, and to voice their concerns over the state government shutdown.

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Governor Dayton Travels To Push His Side In Government Shutdown

Governor Mark Dayton has plans to travel around Minnesota this week as the state's government shutdown continues, even as he says he's ready to return to budget talks with legislative Republicans.

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Republicans Oppose Dayton’s Latest Budget Offer

Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans met again Wednesday without meaningful progress toward resolving the budget dispute that has shut down state government. House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch say the negotiations went backwards when Dayton made an offer for either an income tax increase for top earners or a cigarette tax increase.

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Dayton Seeks Wednesday Breakthrough As Shutdown Looms

Governor Mark Dayton says Wednesday is the day for "final breakthroughs" in budget negotiations with Republican legislative leaders, with a government shutdown two days away. The Democratic governor and lawmakers wrapped up talks on health and welfare programs Tuesday afternoon with a plan to continue negotiating on Wednesday.

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Vikings Stadium Backers Meet, But No Breakthrough

Gov. Mark Dayton, the Minnesota Vikings owners and other key players in the push to build a new football stadium in Ramsey County met behind closed doors for 90 minutes but didn't resolve differences that have stalled progress.

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From Capitol To TV, Ads Tackle Minnesota Budget Mess

Those campaign-style TV commercials clogging Minnesota's airwaves are brought to you by the budget stalemate at the state Capitol. It used to be that political ads were mostly confined to election years. But the simmering dispute over taxes and spending between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have inspired interest groups on both sides to take to the airwaves anew.

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Dayton, GOP Make No Headway In Budget Meeting

Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders met for another unproductive budget negotiation as hopes fade for heading off a state government shutdown on July 1. Both Dayton and GOP leaders said after the 90-minute meeting on Wednesday afternoon that they made no progress in bridging their fundamental split over how much the state should spend in its next two-year budget cycle.

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Dayton Requests Disaster Declaration After Tornado

Gov. Mark Dayton is asking President Barack Obama for a major federal disaster declaration after damages from Sunday's tornado have been estimated at over $16 million. Dayton says he sent a letter to Obama on Friday, asking for the declaration for Hennepin and Anoka Counties.

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Bill to Loosen Coal Power Restrictions Vetoed By Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed legislation that would have allowed more coal power in Minnesota. Dayton, a Democrat, rejected the bill on Friday, saying it was "unwise and unnecessary." It's drawn criticism from Republicans in the Legislature.

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