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A state trooper assigned to protect Gov. Mark Dayton orders Fremont Gruss to remove a sign protesting the governor's plan to sign up for an expanded federal medical program. The trooper took the sign, but allowed Gruss to remain in the governor's reception room during a ceremony. (Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau)

Dayton gives health care protesters the mic

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ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton's first official act as Minnesota governor, signing up for a federal medical program, drew a large protest and he handed over microphone to three people who oppose his action.

Dayton's staff allowed protesters into the Governor's Reception Room, something that seldom happened in the past, and scuffles developed when state troopers tried to prevent the group taking in signs questioning the constitutionality of the state accepting federal health care money.

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