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Gov. Dayton Announces His New Running Mate

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A woman who used to work for former Vice President Walter Mondale is going to be Governor Mark Dayton's running mate in the next election.

Tina Flint Smith has been Governor Dayton's chief aide since he took office in 2011.

She also worked as chief of staff for Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak.

And she was a top official for the regional Planned Parenthood operation.

Lieutenant governor Yvonne Prettner-Solon said she did not want to serve a second term.

"I'm going to be listening to Minnesotans, from all different parts of the state," Smith said.  "And helping to lay the ground work with all of you, not only for a winning campaign, but for another 4 years of progress."

Also, Governor Dayton has postponed the hip surgery he was going to have Thursday at the mayo clinic, so he can attend Joan Mondale's memorial service on Saturday.

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