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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Associated Press Published: November 4, 2012
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann characterized herself as a bipartisan problem solver, while her Democratic challenger Jim Graves touted his private sector experience Sunday when the two candidates met for their third and final debate.

Minnesota Public Radio News reported (http://bit.ly/SKmy2I) that Graves got the debate started, arguing his experience makes him a good fit for the conservative 6th District.

"I'm really a fiscal conservative to the bone," he said. "I've balanced budgets my whole life, I've created businesses my whole life."

Bachmann said she helped get Congress to approve a new bridge over the St. Croix River.

"Well, what I've done is something absolutely remarkable this last term," she said. "I've brought Democrats and Republicans together and solved a problem."

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NORTH BRANCH, Minn. (AP) — North Branch police are asking for the public's help after someone intentionally set fire to the North Branch Veterinary Hospital.

Police say five dogs and a cat were rescued without injury after fire officials were called to the fire at 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Fire officials from North Branch, Harris, Rush City and Stacy worked to put out the blaze.

The state fire marshal confirmed this is a case of arson.

Authorities are offering an award of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After being ignored for months, Minnesota is finally getting some attention in the presidential race.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of thousands Sunday at a rally in a Minneapolis airplane hangar, where he stopped as part of a campaign swing that would take him through Ohio and Colorado.

Former President Bill Clinton also planned to speak in St. Cloud later Sunday evening for President Barack Obama's campaign. It's Clinton's second pass through Minnesota in the past week.

Inside the airplane hangar, Ryan asked the crowd to support GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying Romney is the clear choice in what Ryan called "the most important election in our generation."

"We can't handle four more years of this. Minnesota, join with us, work with us, and in two more days we can get America back on track," Ryan said, as the crowd that packed bleachers and lined the concrete floor erupted in cheers.

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TOWER, Minn. (AP) — Hunters participating in Minnesota's early wolf season found the animals to be elusive on opening day.

A total of 3,600 licenses were issued for the season, which started Saturday. By nightfall, only 32 wolves had been killed, the Star Tribune reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/YncAZj). By 6 p.m. Sunday, another 13 had been killed — bringing the total to 45, the Department of Natural Resources said.

"I think people did pretty well, but I'm not terribly surprised by the numbers," said Steve Merchant, DNR acting wildlife chief. "It was in the ballpark (of what we expected.)"

The region's wolves were taken off the endangered list last January. Minnesota has set a quota of 400 wolves for the season, including the early hunting-only season and a hunting-and-trapping season that begins Nov. 24.

Opponents of the wolf hunt were upset that the animals were killed in the first place. Howling for Wolves and the Northwoods Wolf Alliance protested in Duluth and on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation near Cloquet.


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