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New governor’s office to open in Duluth?

An article about Lt. Gov-elect Yvonne Prettner Solon in the Duluth News Tribune has a quick reference to a possible northern Minnesota governor’s office — apparently a bureau of sorts — which, if opened, could handle some state affairs in the northland.

Prettner Solon is from Duluth, where she is a practicing psychologist, a former Duluth city council member and had been a DFL state senator since 2002, the paper said. She’s keeping her home in Duluth and plans to spend the week in St. Paul and drive back north on weekends.

She is “checking into opening a northern governor’s office in the region, possibly at UMD,” the paper said.

“I think that would be a great presence if we can work it out,” she said.

It didn’t take long for GOP operative Brian McClung — Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s former spokesman who now has his own communications firm — to tweet:

MN faces $6 bil deficit. But Dayton wants to open “northern gov’s office” in Duluth: Wasteful #mnleg


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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Niel Ritchie on 12/20/2010 - 04:16 pm.

    The deficit is Pawlenty’s legacy. Finding simple and inexpensive ways to reconnect with the people of this state to help clean up his mess is good policy…..and good politics.

  2. Submitted by Bill Coleman on 12/20/2010 - 05:24 pm.

    At least Dayton is talking about a governor’s office in MN. Pawlenty had them set up in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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