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Mark Dayton joins national moment of silence for Arizona victims

Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon participated this morning in the national moment of silence, called to honor the victims and survivors of Saturday’s shooting in Arizona.

They gathered in the Governor’s Reception Room at 10 a.m., as people around the country took a moment at the same time to reflect on the shooting that killed six and injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others.

President Obama observed the moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House. The Supreme Court moved its scheduled meeting time up by 10 minutes  so the justices can observe the moment of silence in the courtroom.

In Minnesota, Dayton said afterward that security at the state Capitol is sound, but that he and legislative leaders will look at ways to improve it, while still maintaining good access to the building. And he said he won’t change how he conducts his daily business as governor.

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Dayton also ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff until Friday, in memory of those shot. Federal flags will also be at half-staff during that period.