Republicans Fall In Behind Johnson

By Don Davis It is one thing for defeated politicians to back their conqueror, but quite another for rank-and-file supporters to do the same. As Jeff Johnson was edging his way toward victory in Tuesday’s Republican governor primary election, backers of other candidates were saying they could accept any of the four main hopefuls. And…
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Johnson Wins 4-way GOP Governor Race

By Don Davis A Republican who grew up in greater Minnesota and now is a Hennepin County commissioner won the governor nomination Tuesday in his party’s primary election. Jeff Johnson told supporters after winning that he has a tough race ahead of him because Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will be a good opponent. “I have…
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McFadden Wins GOP Senate Nod

By Don Davis Well-financed Mike McFadden won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s Minnesota primary election, and is set to face U.S. Sen. Al Franken in the Nov. 4 election. The secretary of state’s office reported that McFadden had 73 percent of the vote with more than half of the precincts counted. After…
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Oil Train Disaster Training Not Here Yet

By Don Davis Forum News Service LITTLE CANADA, Minn. — Minnesota emergency services personnel will be trained and equipped in a few years to deal with oil train disasters, but the governor worries about what could happen before then. “If the accident would just wait for two years, three years, four years, boy, would we…
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Challengers Want To Link Franken With Obama

By Don Davis REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — Republicans want to link U.S. Sen. Al Franken with President Barack Obama, who is not popular among many farmers. College Republicans have begun making that point by carrying an Obama cutout at Franken appearances, starting Wednesday at southwest Minnesota’s Farmfest agriculture event. It was not clear how effective…
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