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MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: Fall-like morning in northern Minnesota

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DULUTH - A number of locations in northeastern and north-central Minnesota likely set low temperature records today.

Crane Lake was the coolest spot in the state this morning at 37 degrees. The mercury fell to 38 near Cotton and 40 at International Falls, Hibbing, Cook and Orr. The temperature dropped to 45 degrees as far south as Lakeville in Dakota County. Rochester set a minimum temperature record of 46 this morning. The National Weather Service is still compiling all the low temperature reports. Saint Cloud set a record-low temp of 43 on Sunday.

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Governor Dayton says he's pleased with a federal judge's decision *not* to block Minnesota child care providers from voting on whether to form a union. Judge Michael Davis dismissed a pair of lawsuits Sunday challenging the unionization effort and refused to impose a preliminary injunction on a new law allowing the vote. Dayton issued a statement saying, "I believe that working men and women should have the right to vote on forming a union, and the Court's decision will permit such an election to be held." Republican Senator and gubernatorial hopeful Dave Thompson says Dayton and Democrats in the legislature "have chosen to reward campaign contributors and union bosses while at the same time bullying childcare providers, most of whom are self-employed women." Thompson says if elected governor, he'll make it a priority to repeal what he calls "this ill advised and harmful law."

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A man from Eveleth is dead after a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Saint Louis County. The State Patrol says a motorcycle driven by 55-year-old James Davey collided with a pickup at an intersection on Highway 53. Davey died of his injuries at a Duluth hospital. The truck driver wasn't hurt. The accident report shows Davey was not wearing a helmet.

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The city of Minneapolis is giving away about 300 tickets for the so-called Freedom to Marry celebration at City Hall. Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Minnesota at 12:01 a-m Thursday and Mayor R.T. Rybak will marry 42 couples. The free tickets are available today at the New Century Theater box office inside City Center in downtown Minneapolis. There's a limit of two per person and they must be picked up in person. There will be same-sex marriage ceremonies just after midnight Thursday at a number of locations across the state.

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People who run the dozen Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Minnesota celebrated this month as both the U.S. House and Senate appropriations committees kept their federal funding in the budget. The centers, which coordinate child abuse investigation and treatment, were were stunned when for a second year President Obama did not include any money for their program in his budget. Congress has now disagreed with him, although according to Denise Edwards with the National Children's Alliance, federal dollars are still not a sure thing because bills must still pass the full U-S House and Senate. According to Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, nearly five-thousand children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect in Minnesota in 2010.  

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
(715) 273-4334
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