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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm •  Published: November 7, 2012

Appearing with Bakk and House DFL leader Paul Thissen at a Capitol news conference Wednesday, Dayton predicted Minnesota would see "progress" under Democratic rule.

"That's our responsibility now. It's a major responsibility," the first-term governor said.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is headed back to Washington, but the tea-party favorite's toughest race yet suggests a new vulnerability in the wake of her failed presidential run.

Bachmann barely won a fourth term despite vastly outspending an upstart Democrat running his first race. She turned out to be less popular with her constituents than GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney or even a gay marriage ban she championed.

Bachmann seemed to acknowledge as much Wednesday, promising a "laser-like" focus on her job.

"In my next term, I'll continue to work every day to create jobs for the people in my district and for the people in our nation, while doing everything I can to be an unwavering voice in Washington for our constitutional conservative values," Bachmann said in a statement.

She didn't respond to interview requests.


DODGE CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The State Patrol says wet pavement was a factor in a head-on crash in southern Minnesota that killed two drivers and a young boy and injured the child's mother.

The patrol says a pickup driven by 50-year-old Scott Hodgman of West Concord crossed the center line on Highway 14 in Dodge County late Tuesday and collided with an SUV driven by 43-year-old Jack Reich, of Zap, N.D.

The two men and Reich's 10-year-old son, Vander, were killed. Reich's 39-year-old wife, Mardee, was injured and taken to St. Marys in Rochester. Authorities say her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The crash happened west of Dodge Center about 6:30 p.m.