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Gov. Mark Dayton discusses the budget deal at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School in Minneapolis on Thursday. Mr. Dayton offered major concessions in a bid to end a government shutdown, dropping his pursuit of tax hikes to say he was willing to accept - with conditions - a Republican proposal . (Associated Press)

Gov. Mark Dayton discusses the budget deal at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School in Minneapolis on Thursday. Mr. Dayton offered major concessions in a bid to end a government shutdown, dropping his pursuit of tax hikes to say he was willing to accept - with conditions - a Republican proposal . (Associated Press)

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