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Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff Gubernatorial candidates Mark Dayton (left) and Tom Horner were greeted with a standing ovation at Monday night's forum. Republican Tom Emmer was also invited to attend but had a commitment in the southern part of the state.

Hopefuls square off: Dayton, Horner clash over state budget plans

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Two of the three major candidates for governor shared their views on education, economic development, local government aid and the state's budget woes Monday night in Alexandria.

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DFLer Mark Dayton and Independence candidate Tom Horner both agreed the state faces huge challenges ahead with an aging population, pressing transportation needs, inadequate education funding and rising healthcare costs.

But they disagreed sharply on how to handle many of those problems.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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