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Published January 07, 2011, 05:26 AM

Governor Dayton loses canine companion to cancer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton has lost a canine companion to cancer.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton has lost a canine companion

to cancer.

Dayton wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday night that his

8-year-old German shepherd, Dakota, has died after battling cancer

for three months. The governor learned late last year that the dog

had cancer. She was being treated in hopes of extending her life.

Dakota was one of two black German shepherds who sometimes

accompanied Dayton on the campaign trail. The other is Mesabi,

Dakota's brother.

The Star Tribune says Dayton joked that he got the dogs to

follow President Harry Truman's advice. Truman said if you want a

friend in Washington, get a dog.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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