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Governor Mark Dayton

Visit the home page of Minnesota's 40th Governor and Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon for the latest appointments, updates on innovations, the Office of the Governor Blog, and more.


Autumn in Minnesota 

As the weather gets cooler and the days shorter, nature brings on the autumn colors.  Travel and Leisure magazine named Stillwater, MN the third best town for fall colors! 

Check for the best color viewing in the state at the DNR's Fall color finder page.


Wilderness Act

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Wilderness Act. The 1964 Wilderness Act created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast, including Minnesota's own Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Photo courtesy  McGhiever

All Day Kindergarten

This year, for the first time, the state of Minnesota is paying for full-day kindergarten, a move educators hope will provide an academic jump-start for the state’s youngest learners.

Solar Power Surge in MN

A 2013 state law requiring investor-owned utilities to get 1.5 percent of their electricity from solar by 2020 has prompted a surge in the pace of solar power development - it's expected to jump over the next two years as big utilities bring new capacity onto the grid.

Students Shine on ACT Exam

For a ninth consecutive year, Minnesota's high school seniors posted the highest average composite score on the ACT exam. In 2014-15, all Minnesota high school juniors will begin taking the ACT, free of charge, under new graduation requirements approved by the 2013 Legislature.

Women's Equality Day

In 1971, at the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as "Women's Equality Day." Read more at the National Women’s History Project website

Flood Disaster Aid

Eight Minnesota counties will receive federal relief following President Obama's disaster declaration to assist in recovery from the summer storms and floods.

Graduate Employment Outcomes

A new data tool from the MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) uses post-secondary graduation rates to show students, parents and citizens which fields of study provide strong employment and earning potential.

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