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ST. PAUL - The candidates likely will spend more than $30 million on Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. That's just the half of it - literally. Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and his Democratic challenger Al Franken have raised more than $32 million, but experts predict that much also could be spent by outside groups trying to influence the Nov. 4 election. The candidates' prolific fund-raising - Franken leads all candidates across the country; Coleman is fourth - makes Minnesota's contest the most expensive of the country's 35 Senate races this year.
ST. PAUL - More than just the "big three" are seeking Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat, although the "other two" are mostly invisible. Two far lesser-known candidates will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot with Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, Democrat Al Franken and the Independence Party's Dean Barkley. Voters also can pick either Charles Aldrich of the Libertarian Party or the Constitution Party's James Niemackl. Both minor-party Senate candidates advocate for a smaller federal government and say the Iraq war should end and U.S. troops should be brought home.
State officials say Minnesota is getting $144.5 million from the federal government to help low-income residents pay heating bills. The amount is nearly double what the state received last year. It's the state's share of the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program helps low-income people pay their heating bills through grant money paid directly to the utility company on behalf of the customer. Individual grants will average about $500.
The third time was the charm for the Dakota County District Attorney's Office in the driving while impaired (DWI) trial of Hampton Mayor Timothy Skog. The mayor was arrested on suspicion of DWI June 1, 2007, in the city of Hampton. After the first attempt to prosecute Skog ended in a mistrial, and the second attempt was postponed after Skog's defense attorney was hospitalized, the third attempt began Tuesday morning, 580 days after the initial arrest. The trial came to a conclusion Thursday morning, and the jury reached a verdict late Thursday afternoon.
Bartender Leo Dressen of Red Wing is absolutely convinced he's healthier today because of Minnesota's Freedom to Breathe Act. The law, which took effect a year ago Oct.
ST. PAUL - The U.S. Senate candidates are sprinting toward Nov. 4, but it may be Minnesota voters who grow tired during the next eight weeks of hearing what they have been told for months. Fresh off primary victories, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken on Wednesday talked about debates and ramped up their campaigns, but returned to the same arguments that so far have framed the race. Meanwhile, ex-Sen. Dean Barkley found himself in the middle of it all after defeating six fellow Independence Party candidates in the Tuesday election.
ST. PAUL -- An anti-war march at the Republican National Convention Monday drew fewer protesters than predicted, turned violent in clashes between police and some demonstrators who were arrested for damaging property and injuring police and delegates. Protester-police confrontations led to more than 160 arrests, but organizers of the Coalition to March on the RNC - which sought a police permit for the protest - said people taking part in their march had been told to protest peacefully and avoid criminal activity.
to the farm test Tom Cherveny firstname.lastname@example.org BENSON -- Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord took 30 acres of good cropland and decided it's time to find out: Are productive conservation and bioenergy for real, or are they just the buzz words of the day? So far the quest for that answer has been "frustrating," Luverne Forbord acknowledged as he led a couple dozen visitors recently on the Prairie Horizons farm between Benson and Starbuck.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new brochure that discusses changes that will affect the use of vehicles ranging from highway-licensed cars and trucks to all-terrain vehicles for hunting on public lands across the state. The brochures will be mailed to about 130,000 people who have a registered ATV in the state and also purchased a big-game hunting license last year. Brochures will also be available at the DNR Building at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Aug. 21-Sept.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota represented Republicans in a recent CNN segment about the oil drilling controversy. "This is the most perfect place on the planet to drill," she said of the controversial Alaska National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling proposal. She said the area "is totally frozen" for nine months a year and is small -- "it is the size of a postage stamp on a football field." However, she said that she would leave final drilling decisions to others. "What we need to be doing is all of the above." Countering Bachmann was U.S. Rep.