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Dayton shows confidence after Year 1

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ST. PAUL -- A confident Mark Dayton is ending his first year as Minnesota governor.

The Democratic governor of today is far different than "socially awkward ... inept at the game of retail politics" that a top aide once said about him.


Political observers recall times when Dayton seemed more comfortable standing alone in the back of a room rather than glad-handing like other politicians.

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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.