ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has a name for his new German shepherd puppy: Itasca.

The governor got the new puppy as a companion for another of his German shepherds, Mingo. That’s because his third shepherd, Mesabi, is getting old and slowing down.

In calling the dog Itasca, Dayton stuck with his Minnesota regional naming theme. Mingo is short for Wanamingo, a town in southern Minnesota. Mesabi is the name for the region covering northern Minnesota’s Iron Range.

Itasca is a northern Minnesota county and the lake where the Mississippi River originates.

Dayton’s administration sponsored a “guess the new dog’s name” contest on Mingo’s Facebook page. The winner was Emily Flesch of Duluth, with the governor promising to treat her to dinner at a Minneapolis restaurant owned by his sons.

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Comments (4)
  1. Ben Dover says:

    How many dogs can Governor Goofy have? I know in Andover it’s against the city codes to have more than 3, I believe this makes 4 for the goof. Has anyone else noticed he has a stumped look on his face all the time, I’m just saying.

    1. Anon says:

      Learn to count…that makes 3 dogs.

  2. CF says:

    why doesn’t the governor get a girlfriend instead of a dog?

  3. Kevin says:

    Why not name it “Liberal POS with no brain who looks like a Disney cartoon….who licks the backs of unions and education….and who only cares about the immigrants and illegals…..and want to tax you till you bleed…..who says he fights for the poor….but if full of Shi* and has been spoon fed all his pampered days…Dayton Dog”

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