ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - As candidates looked for votes Thursday on the opening day of the the Minnesota State. Republican Senate challenger Mike McFadden used a chance meeting to challenge Senator Al Franken to six debates. Franken says he'll appear at three debates over the next three months.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly bankers' survey suggests the economy is slowing down in rural parts of Minnesota and other states in the middle of the country. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says falling crop prices have farmers spending less, and crop prices are expected to continue declining this fall.
WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A man accused of ramming his boat into a Winona County sheriff's patrol boat is facing assault and other charges. The county sheriff says Mark Pellowski also fought with deputies during a confrontation Saturday night. He's free and has another court date next month.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Star running back Adrian Peterson has missed two days of Minnesota Vikings practice for what the team calls personal reasons. He hasn't played yet in the preseason and is not expected to travel to Kansas City for the team's third game on Saturday.
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