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Lawmaker's secret lunch with Dayton paved way for budget deal

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ST. PAUL -- A pair of grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, with chips on

the side, may have been just what the budget doctor ordered.


That was the menu for a secret 45-minute Monday lunch at St. Cloud's

Jules Bistro between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Rep. Larry Howes,

R-Walker. Their meeting may have laid the groundwork for a state budget

deal framework announced Thursday evening.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.