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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The weather was nippy on opening weekend, but wildlife managers say Minnesota's duck hunting season is off to good start. DNR waterfowl specialist Steve Cordts says results varied but hunting was good across most of Minnesota, with blue-winged teal, wood ducks and mallards comprising most of the harvest. Hunters in north-central Minnesota averaged about 2.7 ducks per hunter on opening day, up from 2.2 last year. One of the better locations was the Mud-Goose Wildlife Management Area, where hunters averaged 3.6 ducks on opening day.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Campaign spending reports posted Wednesday are showing the roadmap to the most competitive legislative campaigns this fall, with outside groups offering detailed disclosure about where they're placing their bets. The groups are sinking money into closely contested races in Woodbury, Eagan, Northfield, Rochester and hot spots in northern Minnesota. The spending is coming from Republican allies defending the current GOP legislative majorities and Democratic-friendly groups trying to overturn those majorities.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new player among outside groups seeking to shape Minnesota elections. A veteran GOP operative, Andy Parrish, launched the new political fund, according to records kept by Minnesota campaign finance regulators. His formation of A Stronger Minnesota enables unlimited fundraising and spending on behalf of Republican hopefuls as long as the help isn't coordinated with candidates. Independent campaign groups have taken on a larger role in state and federal races in recent years.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State transportation officials have launched a campaign to make Minnesota's streets and roads safer for pedestrians. They say October is a dangerous month for pedestrians as dusk arrives earlier. Two dozen pedestrians have died in Minnesota so far this year. Safety experts hope a campaign of billboards, radio and bus ads and banners at busy intersections in the Twin Cities, Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester will reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack is showing his family and his role as a father in his first television ad in a nationally targeted northeastern Minnesota race. Cravaack's ad began airing Tuesday in the Duluth TV market, featuring images of the first-term incumbent throwing a football with his sons in a leafy backyard. It says, "Washington's not making it easy." Cravaack is seeking a second term after his upset win two years ago. His family moved to New Hampshire last year when his wife took a new job.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices kept rising in July across the United States, buoyed by greater sales and fewer foreclosures. National home prices increased 1.2 percent in July, compared to the same month last year, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller index released Tuesday. That's the second straight year-over-year gain after two years without one. The report also says prices rose in July from June in all 20 cities tracked by the index. That's the third straight month in which prices rose in every city.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The parents of a young man who died after he was attacked in a St. Cloud alley want answers about their son's death. Twenty-year-old Colton Gleason, of Greenfield, died from head trauma Friday. Police say Gleason was walking with two female friends when several people got out of a car and one punched him, causing him to fall backward and hit his head.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The majority of Minnesotans who were asked say the economy and jobs are the primary issues that will drive their vote on election day. A Star Tribune Minnesota poll shows 48 percent of likely voters say those issues are at the top of their minds this campaign season. Coming in a distant second are taxes, government spending and the national debt at 23 percent.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some opponents of the proposed amendment to require Minnesota voters to show a photo ID at the polls are angry at the Minnesota DFL Party. They say the party is not putting enough resources into defeating the amendment. Phyllis Hill, a lead organizer with the Twin Cities faith-based group ISAIAH, tells Minnesota Public Radio the requirement would be a setback for civil rights. She says she's disappointed the DFL hasn't done more to help.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser is again asking a judge to release her from prison during her appeal on vehicular homicide. Amy Senser appeared in Hennepin County District Court Monday where Judge Daniel Mabley said he would rule later this week on whether to grant her release. Senser received a new hearing because the judge who initially denied her request did not explain his decision.