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Envelope with white powder prompts scare at Minnesota governor's mansion

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(Reuters) - Fire crews were called on Monday to the Minnesota governor's residence in St. Paul, Minnesota, after staff members opened a letter and found what turned out to be a small amount of non-threatening white powder, a state spokesman said.

The letter was received and opened in a building separate from the main residence for Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, said Doug Neville, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

"The content of the letter was non-threatening," he said.

When staff detected a small amount of white powder, they contacted the Minnesota State Patrol, which contacted the St. Paul Fire Department to respond to the residence, he said.

"The governor was in the main residence at the time, not in close proximity to the letter," Neville said. "The letter posed no threat to the governor."

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Jim Loney)

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Oscar June 03 2014 at 3:03 AM

Those Teabaggers will do anything to get attention.

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jennifer June 03 2014 at 3:28 AM

I live in Mn and I have no idea how he got elected. He looks scared all. the. time and really does not look competent enough to go to the bathroom by himself.

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steblawar June 03 2014 at 8:22 AM

Teaser said, "threat to the lawmaker." Governors aren't lawmakers, legislators are ... just as the President isn't a lawmaker, Conressmen are. The threat turned out to be none ... but the dope who sent the envelope owes a debt to the taxpayers for the time that was wasted investigating it.

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perorbailey steblawar June 03 2014 at 9:02 AM

Churchill said it. The strongest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter. Listened to Mike Rogers this a.m. and with Republicans it seems to be all about competitive individualism.

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moudsie steblawar June 03 2014 at 10:48 AM

Well, not this Congress (House) they can't get out of their own way--isn't it time again for yet another vote to try to get rid of the ACA? They are surely stuck on that one.

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wbearl moudsie June 03 2014 at 11:04 AM

It isn't the House, they passed enough bills, it was "Road Block Harry" that decided not to bring them to the Senate Floor. Whether the Bills were good or bad, it wasn't Harry's job to decide, it was the job of the US Senate.

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novusemptor2 June 03 2014 at 3:10 AM


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liberaljustice novusemptor2 June 03 2014 at 6:03 AM

Could have been you putz !

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jgtch June 03 2014 at 9:07 AM

As a Minnesotan, I am only sad that Mr. Dayton didn't trip and fall while leaving the building. Hurting himself to the point of being incapacitated until his term is finished. Of course then a speedy recovery. But then, Mr. Dayton is so medicated that he was most likely unaware of what was happening.

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novusemptor2 June 03 2014 at 3:12 AM


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knarfdr June 03 2014 at 9:01 AM

Dayton was the only senator to move out of the senate office building because he feared terrorism. This did not go over well with the voters in MN and he didn't run for a second term. This seems like another example of his abject fear of everything. He spent over 20 million of his own money to be elected to the senate in three tries. That's a statement of his need for power and recognition. Never had a real job in his life.

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Pearltrans June 02 2014 at 11:35 PM

"Non-threatening" is an odd word to use. Preliminary results found the powder to be non-toxic.

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akissmybass45 June 03 2014 at 9:04 AM

typical right winged cry baby, run gov run

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wbearl akissmybass45 June 03 2014 at 11:01 AM

Dayton is about as far left as you can get. Even if you didn't know that for sure you should have been able to tell by that "lost in space" stare he has.

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kcarthey June 03 2014 at 9:32 AM

Minnesota for the most part -- forget Bachmann -- is the envy of the nation politically with two great Senators and an excellent governor. Yet Minnesota's
Republicans can find no joy and nothing of which to be proud. They are sorely missing out.

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