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Delivering his fourth State of the State address, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells legislators Wednesday night, April 30, 2014, that the state is strong but could improve. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Greater Minnesota gets Dayton shout-out

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton focused much of his State of the State speech Wednesday night on greater Minnesota, from HitchDoc in southern Minnesota's Jackson to the Kelliher schools in the north.

He used areas outside the Twin Cities to tout the state's economic growth, but also to illustrate what he sees as the need for more state spending.

"This economic growth is happening all over our state," the Democratic governor said.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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