- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014
McFadden’s task: Convincing outside money to come

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - From the moment Al Franken won his Senate seat by just 312 votes in 2008, Republicans began foretelling his doom in 2014, painting him as a perfect target in their effort to retake the chamber this fall.

The money hasn’t matched the talk yet. While millions of dollars in advertisements have poured into North Carolina, Louisiana, Alaska and Arkansas - from outside groups trying to unseat vulnerable incumbent Democrats and others defending them - there’s been just a trickle in Minnesota, where recently nominated GOP challenger Mike McFadden hopes to oust Franken.

“One of the issues that Mike has … is there are a lot of opportunities for Republicans. Normally, there’s only a few,” said Rob Jesmer, a Republican consultant and former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “Everyone is trying to figure out where the greatest return on investment is.”

The money shows Franken’s seat is not yet a top target for Republicans: less than $200,000 in ad buys and mailers from groups on both sides in the Minnesota race, compared with more than $14 million in North Carolina and more than $10 million in other contested states, according to Federal Election Commission filings. But outside groups are watching, waiting to see if McFadden can make it a close race and turn the reliably Democratic state into a 2014 battleground.

In whiffs of what could come, the NRSC - Republicans’ main campaign arm in the Senate - hosted a fundraiser for McFadden in March attended by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The former investment banker also has the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in his corner, promising to spend aggressively to beat Franken. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid threw a fundraiser in Nevada over the weekend for Franken and a Senate candidate in Michigan seeking to keep the open seat in Democrat’s hands.


Firefighters recue man from St. Paul cave

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Firefighters rescued a 19-year-old from deep inside a cave along the Mississippi River bluffs early Sunday in St. Paul after he texted a friend that he was trapped before his phone went dead.

Authorities got word around 12:45 a.m. that the teen had fallen into the cave. Firefighters from the St. Paul and Minneapolis advanced tactical-rescue teams brought him to safety around 5 a.m., St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said.

He was pale and shaken but could walk and talk, Zaccard said. He was taken to Regions Hospital with minor injuries. Firefighters searched the entire cave until about 8 a.m. to be sure no one else was trapped inside.

The cave is in Lilydale Regional Park, west of the High Bridge and about 200 feet up from the street below, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (https://bit.ly/1kMaCA9https://bit.ly/1kMaCA9 ).

The teen fell about 20 feet down a shaft and was roughly 300 feet into the cave, Zaccard said. The cave is “vertical for a while and then curves about 60 degrees to the horizontal and then back several hundred feet,” he said.


APNewsBreak: Author Erdrich wins Ohio peace prize

CINCINNATI (AP) - Author Louise Erdrich, whose writings chronicle contemporary Native American life through characters representing its mix of heritages and cultures, was announced Sunday as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s distinguished achievement award.

Erdrich was raised in North Dakota by an Ojibwe-French mother and a German-American father, and her works have reflected both sides of that heritage. With ties to North Dakota and Minnesota, Erdrich has said she lives in many places and is a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribal nation.

Erdrich’s novel “The Round House” told the story of a teenage boy’s effort to investigate an attack on his mother on a fictional North Dakota reservation and of his struggle to come to terms with a crime of violence against his mother. It won the 2012 National Book Award for fiction.

Her first novel, “Love Medicine,” won the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award, and Erdrich’s “The Plague of Doves” was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. That novel explored racial discord, loss of land and changing fortunes in North Dakota.

The Dayton prizes are meant to recognize literature’s power to foster peace, social justice and global understanding, and the distinguished achievement award is given for body of work. The award is called the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award for the late U.S. diplomat who brokered the 1995 Dayton peace accords on Bosnia. Dayton Literary Peace Prize organizers announced the award first to The Associated Press.


Suspect arrested in Minneapolis shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities arrested a suspect Sunday in a shooting that that happened in south Minneapolis on Friday night.

Police spokesman John Alder said the 59-year-old suspect was arrested at the downtown Minneapolis bus station early Sunday while attempting to flee the state. Charges are pending.

The Hennepin County medical examiner identified the victim as Kenneth Madison, 53, of Minneapolis. He died early Saturday of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police have not given a motive for the shooting.

But the Star Tribune reported (https://strib.mn/VxhVQfhttps://strib.mn/VxhVQf ) the suspect was on parole for killing another driver while fleeing police in 2000. He pleaded guilty to causing a two-vehicle crash that killed a 28-year-old woman and seriously injured a man in the vehicle. The suspect was released from prison in late 2011 and put on intensive supervised release that was due to expire at the end of this month.

The medical examiner also identified the victim of an unrelated stabbing at a different location in south Minneapolis. Nanette Marie Haghi, 46, who had no permanent address, died of a stab wound to the chest early Saturday. No arrests have been announced in that case.



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