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Surplus leaves state leaders happy but concerned

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ST. PAUL -- The revelation of an $876 million Minnesota budget surplus includes a dark side.

Gov. Mark Dayton showed the two sides by calling Thursday's announcement "terrific news," moments later adding that it is "no time to celebrate."


"We're not out of the fiscal woods by any means," he said.

The takeaway for an average Minnesotan is that no one should expect a return to the old days of higher state spending.

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