"I think we came within 8,700 [votes] of accomplishing something not a lot of people thought we could do," said Emmer in his concession speech.
"I don't know that I'd change much," he said of the campaign. "I feel like I had one of those life-changing experiences."
Emmer praised state Party Chairman Tony Sutton, who had been aggressive in his comments saying that Republicans might go to court to challenge the governor's race recount. "Tony Sutton's been an absolute gentleman," he said.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
The 20-year-old man suspected of killing five people with a rifle at a Macy's makeup counter had a string of run-ins with the law in recent years, including charges he assaulted his stepfather, and was described by a neighbor as so "creepy, rude and obnoxious" that she kept a Taser by her front door.