Mark Dayton

The 40th governor of Minnesota. He is a great-grandson of businessman George Dayton, the founder of Dayton's, which became Target Corp. He was Minnesota's Democratic U.S. senator from 2001 to 2007 and state auditor from 1991 to 1995.

East Metro
November 21, 2017
Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, shown in March, said she is exploring ways to protect students from being stigmatized over unpaid lunches.

'Shaming' over school lunch debts has to stop, legislator says

Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, weighing ways to force school districts to back off hardball tactics.
May 9, 2016

Apple Valley's Uponor completes $18 million expansion

Uponor, the fast growing radiant heating and cooling pro in Apple Valley, officially opens $18 million factory expansion May 16.
East Metro
February 1, 2016
Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Dayton hospitalized after fainting at event in Woodbury

Gov. Mark Dayton was hospitalized at Regions Hospital overnight for observation. "The most likely culprit is dehydration," said senior adviser Bob Hume.
Southwest light rail
May 2, 2015
The Kennilworth Trail alongside a current freight train track that has been a proposed route for the Southwest Corridor light-rail line.

April 27: New $2B price tag puts Southwest light rail at risk

The additional $341 million in costs are tied to poor ground conditions and soil contamination in St. Louis Park and Hopkins.
Minnesota Poll: Mark Dayton
March 26, 2015
Gov. Mark Dayton, shown in January, still has Minnesotans behind him, a few months into his second term and in the thick of legislative session politi

Minnesota Poll: Gov. Dayton has healthy 54 percent approval rating

The governor's approval rating rebounded to some of his best numbers since he first took office in 2011.
Dayton transportation plan
February 17, 2015
Gov. Mark Dayton

Dayton unveils 600 road and bridge projects

Republicans object to tax and fee hikes, suggest using budget surplus and cutting spending instead.
Dayton's budget
February 2, 2015
Gov. Mark Dayton outlined a $42 billion budget on Tuesday that prioritizes spending millions more on education, particularly on early childhood educat

Dayton's $42B budget gives most new money to education

Proposing a state budget $7 billion larger than when he took office, Dayton seeks major spending boosts for schools, learning programs.
Mark Dayton in profile
October 19, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton: Standing by his record in first re-election bid

As he prepares to face Minnesota voters for the last time, Dayton knows many of his accomplishments are on the line.
State + Local
September 5, 2014
“I think they’re desperate for something to make people concerned about. ...”

With an economy on upswing, Dayton is tough target

Minnesota Republicans hoping to seize control of the governor's residence have a problem when it comes to the economy: The news is too good.
Hot Dish Politics
September 4, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken in 2012.

Candidates choosy when it comes to debates

Debate season is off to a slow start in the run-up to the Aug. 12 primary and Nov. 4 general election.
State + Local
August 21, 2014

Candidates flock to Minnesota State Fair

Today marks the beginning of the Minnesota State Fair, a perennial stop for candidates to shake lots of hands, pitch their platforms and feast on fatty foods.
Dayton campaign
June 24, 2014
At a rally in Virginia, Minn., on Monday, iron miners heard Gov. Mark Dayton speak against illegal steel dumping.

Gov. Mark Dayton is starting to sound like candidate Dayton

Dayton is starting to sketch out the political narrative that will shape his first-ever re-election campaign. He is talking more about his job-creation accomplishments.
State + Local
June 18, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Dayton leads GOP rivals in campaign cash dash

GOP campaigns are amassing millions of dollars to influence the gubernatorial election.
State + Local
June 5, 2014
June 4, 2014: Vietnam veteran Doran Hocker as he is acknowledged by first lady Michelle Obama during the Joining Forces initiative event announcing "T

First Lady applauds Minnesotan as White House touts efforts to end veteran homelessness

Amid a national uproar over the failings of federal health-care programs for veterans, First Lady Michelle Obama shined the spotlight Wednesday on Doran Hocker, a Minnesotan working to reduce homelessness among vets.
Dayton's reelection campaign
June 3, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton accepts the party endorsement at the DFL convention in Duluth.

Evolving Mark Dayton feels a strong libertarian impulse

The emerging portrait of Dayton since he assumed office reveals a more nuanced leader with a strong libertarian strain pulsing in his political blood line.
State of the State
May 4, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton delivered his state of the state address from the House Chamber Wednesday night. Behind him are Senate President Sandra Pappas and Ho

Thursday: Dayton pushes education, transportation

Gov. Mark Dayton prodded legislators to invest more in education and transportation and to be more ambitious in spending on state projects.
State + Local
April 20, 2014
Tina Smith is leaving the Capitol and shifting to retail campaigning.

Dayton's recovery from surgery puts campaign load on running mate

With her boss back in St. Paul recuperating from hip surgery, Tina Smith is front and center in Gov. Mark Dayton's re-election effort.
Southwest LRT tunnels
April 12, 2014
Gov. Dayton: If the project hits an impasse, “light-rail transit will be set back for a decade.”

April 9: Dayton says Minneapolis tunnels the 'only option'

Gov. Mark Dayton said if Minneapolis officials continue to oppose the tunnel option, the Met Council must decide if it will proceed without the city's consent. But, the governor said, a protracted dispute would likely doom the project
April 10, 2014
Jake Ross, left, an 11-year-old Boy Scout from Forest Lake, watched asGov. Mark Dayton signed the antibullying bill on the steps of the Capitol on Wed

Dayton signs anti-bullying bill

The law requires school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and to better train staffers and teachers on how to prevent it.
Dayton raps MNsure critics
April 9, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton

Dayton lashes out at new GOP inquiry on MNsure

As Republicans press for answers on troubled rollout of state insurance exchange, Dayton blocks access to key state officials.
State + Local
April 3, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton urged the state House and Senate to loosen the budget purse strings in order to fund more public works projects.

Dayton wants legislators to toss aside self-imposed bonding cap

There's room to spend more on state projects, he assures leaders.
State + Local
March 31, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Dayton adds his voice to push for campaign cash disclosure

The governor's backing makes it more likely that starting with this year's elections, Minnesotans would be able to track the sources of all politically tinged mailings and ads that come out before Election Day.
E-cig debate at Capitol
March 26, 2014
Jesse Ly smoked his e-cigarette at the Smokeless Smoking kiosk at the Roseville Mall in Roseville on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Dayton has doubts about moves to restrict e-cigarettes

He backs rules to limit kids' access, but thinks smokers may have faced enough sanctions already.
March 19, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton

Dayton blasts DFL senators for slow approval of tax relief

Dayton said Senate leaders were holding hostage a middle-class tax-relief package until they get a new multimillion-dollar office building.
Medical marijuana
March 14, 2014
A group of medical-marijuana advocates gathered in front of the governor’s residence, and 11 of them met with Gov. Mark Dayton inside.

Gov. Mark Dayton makes a sudden shift on medical marijuana

After meeting with medical marijuana advocates, Dayton said he would direct his top commissioners and staffers to see if some compromise could be reached in the remaining two months of the legislative session.