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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

MN Community Colleges Awarded $17M

$17 million in grants have been awarded to support job-driven training programs at 14 community colleges in Minnesota. The White House said the program is geared toward military veterans, the long-term jobless and people who lost jobs when their former employers shifted production offshore.

State Gains 6,100 Jobs

Minnesota employers added 6,100 jobs in August, according to a report released last week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, the lowest level in nearly eight years.

Voter Registration in MN

Minnesota has joined a multistate voter registration group that will help provide more accurate voter registration information at the polls. Read more about the Electronic Registration Information Center.

Deer Collisions

Minnesota drivers face a 1-in-88 chance of hitting a deer on the state's highways this year according to an annual report by State Farm Insurance.  The most frequent months for deer collisions in Minnesota are October and November... "Let's be careful out there."

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.

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