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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Primary election tomorrow

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Minnesotans choose in tomorrow's (Tues) primary election which one of the four major Republican candidates for governor will be on the ballot in November.  The rivals squared-off last week at Farmfest.  Scott Honour says he'll be a strong advocate for rural Minnesota and will work to lower taxes.  Kurt Zellers says Minnesotans should vote for him because he's lived and worked half of his life on the family farm. Marty Seifert says he's the only candidate born, raised and educated in rural Minnesota.  And Republican-endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson says he's learned over the years that farmers have a better B-S meter than anybody else in the state of Minnesota.  Most polling places open at 7 a-m Tuesday

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Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is only expecting between ten- and 15-percent turnout for Tuesday's primary election.  He says those numbers don't change much even with a number of contested races.  Ritchie says the statewide races for governor and U-S Senate are on the Republican side and likely won't increase turnout for Democrats and independents. 

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State and Federal officials continue to meet with counties included in the presidential disaster declaration following severe storms in June and July.  FEMA representative Warren Riley says the best advice he can give is for counties to get their applications as soon as possible and make sure all their paperwork is in order.  Today applicant briefings will be held in Freeborn and Lac Qui Parle County.  Tomorrow(tues) in Waseca, Chippewa, Steele and Yellow Medicine.

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Some residents in Minneapolis believe Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud could do more.  Around one-hundred protesters gathered outside the Northrop at the University of Minnesota Saturday night while the President was giving a speech. The protesters say their issue is that Mohamud is not doing enough to prevent violence in Somalia.  The speech was part of a two-day visit to Minneapolis.  

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Mille Lacs County Sheriff's officials are expected to release more information today (Mon) about a deadly boating accident.  56-year-old Tony Centeno was killed when his boat was at anchor on Lake Mille Lacs and a second boat slammed into his.  The couple in the second boat were not seriously injured.

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Police continue to investigate the drowning death of a 56-year-old man in the Sauk River near St. Cloud Sunday afternoon.  Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the man had been with friends at an apartment complex when he walked out to go for a swim, and was later found unresponsive in the water after he didn't return to the apartment for quite some time.  He was pronounced dead on the banks of the river, and while investigators are still looking into the circumstances behind the death Sanner says foul play isn't suspected.

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Finding an affordable place to rent is becoming more difficult in nearly every county in the state, according to a new study. Minnesota Housing Partnership's Leigh Rosenberg says a recent survey found that, despite some economic improvements, for many families statewide it's a growing struggle to cover the cost of rent.  The counties that bucked the trend were Marshall, Stevens and Wilkin, all of which are projected to see continued population losses during the next 25 years.

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Authorities have arrested a 62-year-old woman in connection with a hit and run crash in Minneapolis that left two bicyclists hospitalized. The incident happened Saturday night near the intersection of Marshall and Broadway Streets. Witnesses say a car struck two vehicles before hitting the two bicyclists.  Police have since taken Stephanie Smith-El into custody  She is in the hospital waiting to be transported to the Hennepin County Jail. The two victims, 28-year-old Kathryn Bradley and 29-year-old Jason Bradley, are currently being treated for serious injuries. 

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A Minneapolis man was seriously injured after falling during a climb in Wyoming.  Steve Markusen was attempting a solo climb of the Grand Teton Mountain Friday morning.  Authorities say he fell around a hundred feet near the top of the over-13-thousand foot summit. Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued the 60-year-old man and took him to St. Johns Medical Center in Jackson.  His condition is not known at this time.

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August is National Breastfeeding Month, as supporters tout the benefits of mother's milk, often called 'nature's perfect baby food.' Marian Tompson with La Leche (luh-LEH'-Chay) League says mothers who breastfeed can reduce their risk for diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and some forms of cancer. For the baby there are a variety of health benefits as well such as a stronger immune system, better motor development and a reduction in allergies. Tompson says when La Leche League was founded in the 1950s, fewer than one-in-five mothers started out breastfeeding her baby. Today that figure is 79-percent nationally and in Minnesota it's 89-percent.

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Classes resume for Minnesota students in just a few weeks, and a Mayo Clinic kid expert is asking parents to make sure their kids stay safe.  While stranger abductions are very rare, they *do* happen, and Pediatrician Doctor Alva Roche Green says parents should give their children a password to ask for when someone out of the usual routine is sent to pick them up in an emergency. She also says mom and dad should remind the kids that approaching animals they don't know can be dangerous as well.

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 Motorists on Minnesota's North Shore should be aware of a detour on Highway 61 near Little Marais that's in place for about 18 days beginning today (Mon).  Both directions are affected -- northbound beginning at Illgen City, southbound starting in Little Marais itself.  Crews are widening shoulders and doing drainage work as part of reconstructing Highway 61 in that area. The detour is about 13 miles, adding roughly seven miles to the trip.

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An Olmsted County Sheriff's Office training sergeant was hospitalized after a gun with blank ammunition discharged and injured his buttocks.  Officials say 40-year-old Sergeant Jon Jacobson was wrapping up a training exercise last week when he tucked a revolver loaded with blanks into the waistband in the back of his pants, and when he tried to remove it later the gun got caught on something and fired.  The reaction of the gun powder and gas of the gun caused serious injury to his buttocks, but Jacobson is now recovering at home and is expected to return to the job after he heals.

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The Department of Natural Resources(DNR) will unveil a new critical habitat license plate this morning(11). The new moose plate will feature the artwork of Minnesota wildlife artist Les Kouba.  The "Call of the Moose" campaign will help raise money to research critical habitats in the state and to help identify why this species is disappearing from Minnesota.  

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This week marks the Third Annual "Internet Cat Video Festival" at the Walker Art Center. The event takes place at the Open Field this Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. Attendees will spend the evening watching cat themed videos.  This is the second time the event will be held at Open Field. Last year, screenings took place at the Minnesota State Fair.  

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