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ST. PAUL - The books are dog-eared, marked up and full of paper tabs holding certain pages. The Al Franken best-sellers sitting on a shelf in a Minnesota Republican Party office were key materials GOP staffers turned to as they started compiling information about the comedian-turned-Senate-candidate. While opposition research - and the long-forgotten facts, statements, and video clips it can yield - certainly is nothing new in political campaigns, it is a major factor in the contest so far between Franken and Republican Sen.
ST. PAUL - Candidates in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race will debate five times before the Nov. 4 election. Democrat Al Franken, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley agreed Friday to two debates in Greater Minnesota - in Duluth and Rochester - and three in the Twin Cities area. Indicating the fragility of the agreement, the campaigns issued the same short statement in announcing the debates. Their deal stipulates that no other debate invitations will be granted.
WILLMAR -- Matt Holland, senior field coordinator with Pheasants Forever, will be voting "yes" for the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment this November. But don't think this is about pheasant hunting for Holland. It's all about his two young children and other young people in the state, he says.
Andrew Kemp, 21, of St. Paul Park, died Friday, September 12, 2008. Visitation was Tuesday, September 16 from 5-8 p.m. at Kok Funeral Home, 1201 Portland Ave, St Paul Park, Minn. with funeral service at 8 p.m. Kok Funeral Home, 651-459-2875.
RED WING, Minn. -- Red Wing police are investigating an abduction-rape case reported Thursday. According to preliminary reports, a 17-year-old Red Wing girl was walking at sunset on South Park Street between Ninth and 12th streets when she was approached by two men. The men, who were not known to the victim, struck her over the head and put her into a vehicle, police said. The girl told officers she was then taken to another location, where the men sexually assaulted her. The men later released her and she walked home, Capt.
ST. PAUL - Another Minnesota State Fair has come and gone, Republicans ended their national convention and kids are back in school. So, are you ready for the state's primary election Tuesday? If it seems like the election snuck up on you, you're not alone.
ST. PAUL - Hillary Clinton tried to replace a question mark about her support of Barack Obama Tuesday night with an exclamation point. "Barack Obama is my candidate," Clinton told a raucous Democratic National Convention crowd. "And he must be our president." The New York senator and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had been harsh on Obama during the presidential primary election and caucus season. There had been concern among some Democrats that the party would continue to show divisions. Clinton told delegates to put that fight behind them.
WORTHINGTON -- The workers' compensation system needs to be reformed, said Steve Sviggum, Minnesota's Commissioner of Labor and Industry Tuesday at Travelodge in Worthington. "The system needs reform now before it becomes chaos," Sviggum said to an audience of approximately 20 area residents and business leaders. The workers' compensation system's last major reform was in 1995, Sviggum said, and since then two trends have dominated the program. First, workplace injuries have dramatically decreased. Second, the cost per case of those workplace injuries has significantly increased.
ST. PAUL - One candidate touts his experience as a U.S. senator - all eight official days of it. Another tests the limits of Internet-based campaigning with quirky messages like calling for an end to the penny. Still another believes cleaning house in Congress will allow for new ideas just as torching a prairie promotes new plant growth. Welcome to the Independence Party's U.S. Senate primary, where some of the seven candidates use folksy shtick to make up for thin campaign wallets in their long-shot efforts to give Minnesotans an alternative to Republican Sen.
ST. PAUL - The only thing more unusual than U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's primary election opponent's residence may be the Republican challenger's stated intent for running. Voters who visit Jack Shepard's campaign Web site can view a video in which Shepard talks of the importance of booting Coleman from office - to help Democrats gain a larger majority. Shepard's "positions on issues are 100 percent similar to Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken," his Web site says.