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Negotiations begin between MN Speaker Kurt Daudt and Gov. Mark Dayton

House Republicans leaders arrived mid-morning at the governor's residence to begin Friday's negotiations to settle this year's legislative season and state budget. 

Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, spent about 30 minutes with Gov. Mark Dayton and senior staff before leaving. Daudt said they had left an offer. 

They are expected to return late morning. 

The two sides differ over the $17 billion education budget, and especially size and shape of a prekindergarten initiative, as well as on a range of policy issues related to regulation of energy and the environment. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders to visit Minneapolis Sunday

Sen. Bernie Sanders is bringing his insurgent presidential campaign to Minneapolis Sunday, where he will host a town hall meeting at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis at 10. 

Nearly 2,100 people had signed up to attend as of Thursday afternoon. 

Sanders, formerly the socialist mayor of Burlington, Vt., is running as a Democrat, seeking to be a liberal-left alternative to the heavily favored presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and First Lady of the United States. 

Sanders is running on issues like income inequality, global warming and money in politics. 

Clinton has thus far tried to appeal to party progressives by talking about some of the same issues and has avoided contact with Sanders. 

Democratic nominating contests have often been a venue of insurgent candidates like Eugene McCarthy in 1968 and Howard Dean in 2004.  

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