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Would-be governors focus on jobs in Duluth debate


DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- The three major candidates for governor focused on jobs in their first northeastern Minnesota debate on Tuesday.

Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner met in a Duluth forum sponsored by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Duluth News Tribune.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that they drew connections to local jobs as they highlighted their differences.

Dayton says state-funded research at the University of Minnesota helped put people to work in the taconite industry and at a Duluth paper mill.

Emmer says an environmental review process for a planned copper mine near Hoyt Lakes is taking too long, holding up new jobs. Horner agreed with Emmer on the PolyMet mine.

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