Dayton announces Inaugural details

Governor-elect Mark Dayton, Lieutenant Governor-elect Yvonne Prettner Solon and the other state constitutional officers will take their oaths of office at Noon on Jan. 3, at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.

Dayton released his inauguration schedule today, with the theme “Going to Work for Minnesota.” Dayton will begin the day serving breakfast to students at Wellstone Elementary School in St. Paul. An open house is scheduled throughout the day at the State Capitol. The festivities also include a “People’s Inaugural Ball” on Saturday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The dress code is “Blue Jeans to Black Tie.” Tickets for the ball will go for $30, or $15 for students and low-income.

Dayton will announce additional details later this week on his plans to spend part of Inauguration Day traveling around the state.

Here’s the schedule released today:

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

What: Governor-elect Dayton and Lt. Governor-elect Prettner Solon distribute breakfast to students at Wellstone Elementary School

Who: Governor-elect Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor-elect Yvonne Prettner Solon

When: 8:30 AM

Where: Wellstone Elementary, 1041 Marion Street, Saint Paul, MN 55117

Invited: Open to the media–Press Contact for this event is Howie Padilla, St. Paul Public Schools at 612 251 5714

What: Inaugural Ceremony and Oath of Office

Who: Governor-elect Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor-elect Yvonne Prettner Solon, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, Attorney General Lori Swanson

When: Ceremony begins at 12:00PM, doors open 10:30AM (Media pre-set time to be determined)

Where: Landmark Center, 75 Fifth Street SW, Saint Paul

Invited: Open to the public and the media. Public seating will be on a first come, first serve basis

What: State Capitol Open House

The open house will include a reception throughout the Capitol and in the Governor’s Reception Room, activities for children and exhibits by the Minnesota Historical Society

Who: Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon will visit with attendees

When: 2:00 – 4:30PM

Where: State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Saint Paul

Invited: Open to the public and the media

NOTE: Media logistics, including cable runs and truck parking, for Inaugural Day will be sent separately. For questions, please contact John Pollard at (651) 329-2373

Saturday, January 8,2011

What: People’s Inaugural Ball

Who: Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, Attorney General Lori Swanson

When: 6:30pm to Midnight

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballrooms A and B

1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis

Invited:Open to the public and the media

NOTE: Anyone may purchase a ticket to the Ball at www.daytoninauguration.org, or at the door. $30 ticket ($15 for students and low-income; further price reduction can be requested) goes to cover the cost of the Inaugural celebrations.

  • Laura Davis

    Dayton’s self-financed campaign started precedents that will haunt him throughout his reign as Governor. If he can spend $3 million to see that other Democrats don’t get on the ticket, then why can’t he foot the bit for the Inaugural. Or, at least cover all of the “low income” price reductions. He will be faced with these questions over and over again, when he asks Minnesotans to fork over their dough or go without while a millionaire trust fund baby runs the state.

  • Mark

    Oh, Laura quit your whining….

  • Rudy

    So sick of the whining!!!

  • Ralph Crammedin

    @Laura, that’s it? That’s your best shot?

    Your guy, Pawlenty, left the State of Minnesota with skyrocketing real estate taxes, collapsing bridges, exploding tuition, bankrupt school districts, empty savings and trust accounts, a record budget deficit, and no new jobs…

    …and all you can complain about is that Governor Dayton isn’t spending enough of his own money on a party? I think the WingNut Nation has found a new extreme in political irrelevancy.