Gov. Mark Dayton’s statement on the death of his uncle, Target founder Douglas Dayton

Douglas Dayton, the founder of Target and uncle of Gov. Mark Dayton, died Saturday. He was 88.

Gov. Dayton issued this statement on the passing of his uncle:

“My Uncle Doug was an extraordinary businessman, philanthropist, and leader of our family.  I have cherished memories of our times together: duck and pheasant hunting in Heron Lake, serving on the board of a family business, and discussing the latest political developments.

“In 1962, Doug launched and led Dayton’s newest venture, Target Stores. Now Target is the company. 

“With his typical modesty, Doug didn’t claim the public recognition he deserved for his success.  Yet what an enormous difference his business acumen has made for thousands of Target employees, customers, and charitable causes.”

Douglas Dayton’s wife, Wendy — who is active in many civic and arts organizations — had been appointed earlier last week to the Minnesota State Arts Board. She replaces John Gunyou, the former state finance commissioner. Jan Sivertson of Grand Marais was also appointed to the Arts Board, replacing Pam Perri Weaver.

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