- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014
DFL Party endorses Dayton, Franken for 2nd terms

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken for second terms Saturday at a convention that highlighted the party’s successes and the challenges it faces in retaining power.

Around 1,300 delegates gathered at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to make their support for Dayton and Franken official and to set the stage for the fall campaign.

Franken recalled promising them six years ago that he would recapture a Senate seat that had been held by Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and Paul Wellstone. The former “Saturday Night Live” comedian promised to win it again, but by a bigger margin than the 312-vote majority he got in 2008.

“I am passionate about this job because I have seen how it matters to Minnesotans and I am just getting started,” Franken said.

Dayton contrasted the political stalemates of his first two years - when Republicans controlled the Legislature - with the laws passed under the last two years under DFL majorities. He rattled off bills that they enacted to increase funding for education, raise the state’s minimum wage, protect schoolchildren from bullying, raise income taxes on the wealthiest Minnesota residents, and balance the budget without relying on accounting gimmicks.

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DFL endorses US Sen. Al Franken for re-election

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - U.S. Sen Al Franken has won the endorsement of Minnesota Democrats for a second term.

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention delegates in Duluth backed him by acclamation and welcomed him to the stage at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

He recalled promising them six years ago that he would take back a seat that had been held by Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and Paul Wellstone. He promised to win it again, but by a bigger margin than the 312-vote majority he got in 2008.

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Lightning injures woman in Anoka County

HAM LAKE, Minn. (AP) - A woman is injured after a lightning strike in Anoka County, as heavy storms rumbled across Minnesota.

The woman was at a baseball tournament at Ham Lake Lion’s Park when she was hit by lightning in the midafternoon Saturday and taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

Kyle Blum, lead dispatcher for Anoka County communications center, tells the Pioneer Press that first responders performed CPR on her and she was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

The extent of her injuries and condition was not immediately known.

The Star Tribune reports lightning also sparked a house fire in Ham Lake about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Johnson on cusp of GOP backing for governor

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is on the verge of gaining the formal backing of Republicans in his bid for Minnesota governor.

After three ballots, he had a comfortable lead Saturday over state Sen. Dave Thompson and former state Rep. Marty Seifert. Thompson withdrew and threw his backing to Johnson. Seifert said he was headed to a primary and would release his delegates.

Republicans won’t know their nominee until August because two other contenders bypassed the convention for the primary. They are businessman Scott Honour and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers.

The party’s goal is to unseat first-term Gov. Mark Dayton. He was endorsed by Democrats for another four years at a state convention in Duluth on Saturday.

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