Mary Waibel cuddled granddaughter Elliott, 1, as son Jonathan Rewitzer and husband Tim, left, chatted on their farm in Courtland, Minn. Tim says trade

Republicans hope to reclaim Minnesota counties on the fence

Nicollet County and others that went for Trump in 2016 are on the cusp between red and blue.

Trump rally jumpstarts GOP push for Minnesota

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President Donald Trump’s campaign already has 20 paid staffers in Minnesota, with a goal of having about 100 by next year.
GOP plans to spend up to $30 million in bid to win first Minn. presidential race since19'72.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar stakes out LGBT stances

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the Power of our Pride Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.
She was one of nine Democratic candidates in 2020 focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights at a CNN town hall Thursday.
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Family seeks answers after police kill Texas woman at home

A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her Texas home while responding to a neighbor's call about an open front door "didn't have time to perceive a threat" before he opened fire, an attorney for the woman's family said.
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President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

Ambassador to testify no quid pro quo assurance was Trump's

A U.S. ambassador is expected to tell Congress that his text message reassuring another envoy that there was no quid pro quo in their interactions with Ukraine was based solely on what President Donald Trump told him.
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A Turkish police armoured vehicle patrols the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 12

US pulling out of northern Syria; full withdrawal possible

The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos , cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey's invasion could fuel a broader war.
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Police probe for motive in killings at illegal gambling spot

Police were investigating Sunday whether a gambling dispute, robbery or something else led to the shooting deaths of four people at an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn that was just blocks from a police precinct.
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Anxiety over Supreme Court arguments pervades Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day festivities were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBT folk may have to go back into the closet so they…
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Split GOP tries to unite in Louisiana governor's race runoff

Republican leaders working to oust the Deep South's only Democratic governor were trying Sunday to put their intraparty backbiting behind them ahead of Louisiana's November runoff election, needing a united focus if they want to keep John Bel Edwards from a second term.
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Effort to nix English immersion in Arizona finds support

Nearly two decades after getting Arizona voters' approval, a law mandating an English-only education for non-native speakers may get repealed in 2020.
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Voters weary of more investigations as impeachment ramps up

As Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump intensifies, Mark Stenske feels like he's seen this movie before, and the storyline is getting old.
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of the his father's, Vice President Joe Biden's, debate at Centre College i

Hunter Biden to step down from Chinese board

Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden announced on Sunday that he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father win the presidency.
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Cybersecurity whiz: Combined threats endanger 2020 vote

Alex Stamos served as chief security officer at Facebook for three years before joining Stanford University, where he studies internet security, including systems related to…
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What's next in the impeachment inquiry as Congress returns

Congress is returning from a two-week recess on Tuesday, but some lawmakers barely left Washington.
National
10:55am

Correction: California-New Laws story

In a story Oct. 12 about a California ban on the sale and manufacture of new fur products, The Associated Press erroneously identified the Humane Society of the United States as the Human Society of the United States.
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9:50am

Impeachment dominates, but much other work awaits Congress

Impeachment may have leapfrogged to the top of the national agenda, but members of Congress still have their day jobs as legislators, and they're returning to Washington this coming week with mixed hopes of success.
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A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste.
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President Donald Trump, right, walks on the tarmac with the U.S. ambassador to European Union Gordon Sondland, left, during his arrival on Air Force O

Envoy to tell Congress that text denying any quid pro quo with Ukraine came directly from Trump

Ambassador Gordon Sondland plans to tell lawmakers he has no knowledge of whether the president was telling him the truth at that moment. "It's only true that the president said it," said the person familiar with the planned testimony.
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Big changes to grueling Special Forces course draw scrutiny

Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. It's after midnight and a soldier is taking a risk by turning on his headlamp to find his way.
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To save rural hospitals, Georgia requires classes for CEOs

Like many other rural hospitals across the country, Taylor Regional in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, had gone through years of financial troubles.
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The 170 hunters who joined Gov. Tim Walz took a total of 44 roosters, including the governor’s bird. Credit: Governor's Office

1st time hosting Governor's Pheasant Opener, Walz bags a rooster

DNR says Minnesota's pheasant population is down from last year, but birds are still abundant in some areas.
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The Latest: Louisiana governor says he expects GOP onslaught

The Latest on Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' fight to retain his seat in primary (all times local):
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Trump says he's an 'island of one' on Syria

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is an "island of one" for removing U.S. forces from northeastern Syria.