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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack faces Democratic challenger Rick Nolan for the first time on a debate stage in Minnesota's most watched House race. Tuesday's debate in Duluth is the first of three between the first-term incumbent and Nolan, a former congressman. The candidates are expected to show sharp contrasts in their political views after clashing over Medicare, mining and other issues. Cravaack is running for re-election after his surprise defeat of 36-year Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar two years ago.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck has joined a network of hospitals connected with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Officials say the move will enable St. Alexius doctors to connect electronically with Mayo specialists, allowing more patients to stay closer to home. It is not an acquisition or a merger, but a collaboration. Altru Health System in Grand Forks also is a member of the network that now includes 10 hospitals around the country.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have identified the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student who died in an apartment fire and his three roommates who were injured. Eau Claire fire officials say the four students were friends from Stillwater, Minn. They lived in an apartment above a real estate business on Water St. in Eau Claire. A police detective on his way to work spotted smoke coming from their apartment about 6 a.m. Monday. Two of the four men escaped the building, while firefighters found two others unconscious inside.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Immigration authorities said Monday they won't take action against a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was arrested in Minnesota for driving without a valid license.
FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A former teacher at a Faribault prep school is charged with having sexual contact with six students. Prosecutors charged former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher Lynn Seibel with 17 counts, including second-degree criminal sexual conduct, soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct, and using a minor in a sexual performance.
RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota corrections officials say two boys who had gone missing from the Red Wing juvenile prison are back in custody. Department of Corrections spokesman John Schadl says the two were picked up by Goodhue County sheriff's officials and are headed back to the Red Wing facility. The 16- and 17-year-old boys went missing between Sunday night and Monday morning at the minimum-security facility. Schadl says the younger teen was serving time for assault and the older teen has a burglary conviction.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman injected with a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis said Monday she's worried that her frequent head and neck pain means she has the disease. Melissa Stevens, of Maple Grove, was being tested Monday but said she didn't know when she'd learn the results. She received a steroid injection in August at a pain clinic that received a product linked to the outbreak. Minnesota has three of the 105 cases confirmed in nine states.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by alright on the streets of this city tucked in Southern California suburbia until he got ticketed for smoking in the park. Matyja, who has been homeless since he was evicted nearly two years ago, had trouble paying the fine and getting to court — and now a $25 penalty has ballooned to $600.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will be able to possess longer-range missiles capable of hitting all of North Korea under a new agreement with the United States that is likely to draw an angry response from the North. Under a previous 2001 accord with Washington, South Korea had been barred from deploying ballistic missiles with a range of more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) and a payload of more than 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) because of concerns about a regional arms race.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two scientists from different generations won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for the groundbreaking discovery that cells in the body can be reprogrammed to become completely different kinds, potentially opening the door to growing customized tissues for treatments.