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Dayton, Lawmakers Hire Mediator to Work Out Legal Dispute

A mediator will attempt to resolve a dispute between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders. A mediator will attempt to resolve a dispute between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

September 12, 2017 10:16 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans have chosen a mediator to try to help them out of a constitutional battle.

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The two sides have been locked in a legal battle for months over Dayton's decision to veto the Legislature's budget after the session concluded in late May. The Minnesota Supreme Court didn't make a definitive ruling on whether that move was legal last week but ordered them to hire a mediator to work it out.

A filing with the court on Tuesday shows they hired retired Hennepin County District Judge Rick Solum. Solum has a history as a mediator, having helped resolve a dispute over the value of the land Minnesota Twins' new stadium was built on.

The state's high court wants a status report on mediation by late September.


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