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Closing ads aim for middle ground

In many ways, the closing statements being made via 30-second TV spot in the race for governor echo the tone of the whole campaign since around Labor Day. Ahead of Tuesday's vote, the campaigns of Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton are doubling down on their respective messages - and seeking to convince skeptics that each is a swell guy to boot.

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Q/A: Local union head at center of country’s contentious immigration debate

Javier Morillo moved to Minnesota in 2000 to pursue a career in academia at Carleton College. Two years later, Morillo and his domestic partner were slated to host a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone at their St. Paul home. Motivated by Wellstone's vote against the Iraq War, it was the first time they'd ever hosted such a gathering. But the day before the scheduled fundraiser, Wellstone died in a plane crash.

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Kelliher is counting on her campaign’s formidable organizing talent

In the days leading up to the DFL state convention in Duluth, the widespread belief was that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had established crucial momentum. Of course, that’s not exactly how it played out. Kelliher led on all six ballots and exited the convention center with the party’s backing. Rybak went back to Minneapolis City Hall. In the end, organization trumped charisma. Kelliher earned the party’s nod through months of meticulous planning, a well-executed convention floor plan, loyal support from her fellow House members and a final boost from organized labor.

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Avner: Minnesota then and now

Marcia Avner has many tales to tell from her nearly 40 years of involvement in Minnesota politics. Avner, who just turned 67, is stepping down in September as public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, a title she’s held since 1996. She will hardly be retreating from public life, however. In a conversation last Thursday, she discussed the state’s changing political culture during the many years in which she has been a first-hand witness.

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