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Minnesota News Briefs: Graves drops out of Congressional race after Bachmann

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Sixth District congressional candidate Jim Graves is dropping out of race two days after incumbent Republican Michele Bachmann decided not to run for re-election.

Graves, a Democrat-Farm Laborer, issued a statement today saying, "this was never about Jim Graves; this was about challenging the ineffective leadership and extremist ideology of Michelle Bachman on behalf of those she represents." Graves says as of Wednesday, that goal was accomplished.

The AmericInn hotel chain founder lost to Bachmann by just over one percentage point last November. Graves said Wednesday he wanted to go to Washington and use his business experience to bring people together. Republicans and Democrats are now looking for new candidates in the 6th District.


A Holloway woman was killed Thursday afternoon when a van driven by her husband was hit by a pickup on the west side of Montevideo. The State Patrol says 82-year-old Vernon Arnold of Holloway was southbound on Highway 7 when he made a left turn onto a county road, and was hit by an oncoming pickup His wife, 75-year-old Joan Arnold, was killed in the crash. Arnold was taken to a Montevideo hospital with serious injuries. The other driver, 30-year-old Reid Greiss of Watson, was not injured.


An Inver Grove Heights woman is dead after a head-on collision between two SUV's Thursday afternoon near Rosemount. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Angela Wear died at the scene. The other driver was airlifted to Regions Hospital in Saint Paul. His name and condition have not been released. Local authorities and the Minnesota State Patrol are still investigating what led to the fatal crash.


Police in Rochester are looking for a suspect vehicle that struck a bicyclist early Thursday morning and fled the scene. Officers say 49-year-old Levoy Ballard was hit by a car that went through a red light. Ballard suffered a head and leg injury and was listed in fair condition at Saint Mary's Hospital. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run should contact Rochester Police.


Minnesota farmers who don't have all of their corn and soybeans planted yet could have some trouble getting that job done. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says there has been at least some rain almost every day for the past week, and rain continues in the forecast through at least Saturday. Rippey says we're expecting "a lot more rain" and it's "going to be very tough to plant the remaining corn." He says the same is true for soybeans across much of the Midwest.


A lightning strike sparked a house fire in north Saint Cloud early this morning (Fri), but no one was in the foreclosed home at the time. Fire officials say the lightning followed electrical wires into the home and damage is substantial.