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Gov. Mark Dayton, the state's first Democratic governor since Rudy Perpich, sees the late Iron Ranger as a mentor. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Dayton picks up Perpich mantle of jobs

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ST. PAUL -- Right outside Gov. Mark Dayton's State Capitol office is a plaque, a reminder of the last Democratic occupant of that office since 1991, Rudy Perpich.

"None of us are as smart as all of us," states the plaque, which Dayton says he hung back up after last seeing it there under the Perpich administration, where he served as commissioner of energy and economic development.

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