- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is pledging to increase funding for satellite offices of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Dayton made that pledge Tuesday at a community forum in St. Cloud. The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1ZAPTR3 ) reports at the forum, Dayton heard about racial tensions in the St. Cloud area and other economic concerns.

The event was hosted by the Central Minnesota chapter of the NAACP. It was the first of many listening events Dayton said he would conduct to learn more about what his administration can do to address racial disparities affecting black Minnesotans.

Dayton told the audience, made up of Somali immigrants, African-Americans and older, white residents, that immigrants are key to Minnesota’s economic prosperity.

In recent days Dayton has promised to redouble efforts to reduce racial disparities in Minnesota.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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