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Published October 10, 2011, 05:31 PM

Dayton Visits Thief River Falls for Economic Development Summit

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is on the road to find the best ideas for job creation.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is on the road to find the best ideas for job creation.

On Monday, he held an economic development summit in Thief River Falls at the Northland Community & Technical College.

Dayton's economic summits are one of the ways he meets face to face with community leaders and business owners to find out where the state can more or less to create jobs.

Those issues included some questionable government regulations.

There's also a lack of people to fill the jobs that are open in northwest Minnesota like Digi-Key, Polaris and Arctic Cat and once they find those employees, they say there is a lack of affordable housing.

"When they come here for their first day at Digi-Key, it's very disconcerting, 'I know I accepted the job but I'm going to have to go back becaue I can't find a place to live,'" Rick Trontvet, with Digi-Key, said.

The governor has made his way around the state with these summits holding them in places like Fergus Falls, Virginia and Faribault.

Dayton took a lot of notes and he gave business and city leaders his personal number and told community and business leaders to call him if their concerns where not adresssed.

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