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The city council set the preliminary levy total at $3,048,250, with the final budget to be discussed on Dec. 13.
All but one of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates for statewide office have maintained a fundraising edge in the 2022 campaign.
The court backed a court-appointed referee who determined state Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Alexandria, lives within the boundaries of the new Senate District 12 and meets the residency requirements for the 2022 general election.
The Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters held a candidate forum on Monday, Sept. 27 for city council candidates.
The statewide office doesn’t always grab headlines in an election year, and the work of the auditor is often not as political or high-profile as other offices says Julie Blaha, a DFLer who is running for her second term in the office.
Gov. Tim Walz said his 15-year-old son, who attends high school in Mankato, Minnesota, came home traumatized after police responded to a fake call reporting an active shooter at the school Wednesday.

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While metro races will be front and center in the contest for the House, other Greater Minnesota regions could make a big difference in the Senate, where Democrats hold 31 seats. Historic Democratic strongholds in northeast Minnesota’s Iron Range appear to be leaning more toward Republicans, and population centers like Rochester have started to lean more Democratic as they grow and change demographically.
Current guidelines make it rare for media to bring recording equipment into courtrooms. Representatives from media organizations and other groups presented their cases before the high court justices after a court panel presented a report recommending the state not drastically expand camera access.
A succession of five speakers – especially polar explorer Ann Bancroft – offered uplifting life stories, along with vital tips to inspire women and connect them with resources.

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