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GOP gubernatorial candidate Phil Herwig (on the big screen) tells several other candidates who talked about raising taxes to solve Minnesota's budget crisis, they were "out of their minds" during a major parties gubernatorial debate in Bloomington Wednesday evening. The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Minnesota News Council and the Minnesota Newspaper Association. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

Governor candidates meet on unholy ground -- the Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention

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MINNEAPOLIS -- More governor candidates showed up for a massive Wednesday night debate than the average precinct caucus will host next week.

And still, just two-thirds of the candidates planning to run this year were at the gathering, the biggest such forum Minnesota political observers remember.

In front of hundreds of newspaper workers, candidates found some ways to separate themselves from each other.

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