Flush with campaign money and buoyed by the Republican endorsement, political newcomer Mike McFadden seems a lock to win the Aug. 12 GOP primary.
Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate said the lower number reflects their efforts to help women.
Drinking and driving was the number one reason for fatalities, killing 117 people.
Minnesotans lined up for nearly a mile Wednesday morning to get free tickets to hear President Obama speak at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Friday.
As expected, Democrats endorsed Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken for re-election at their state convention in Duluth Saturday
Party unity "gives us the best chance of beating Mark Dayton in November," says Sen. Dave Thompson. Some of his competitors don't see it that way, however, and that's set the stage for something rarely seen at political conventions: intrigue.
The $17 million project will convert five historic Fort Snelling structures into 58 studios and apartments. Public and private money is bankrolling the construction.
Some of the best-known Republicans in Minnesota are lined up behind Mike McFadden's U.S. Senate campaign, but not because he has a strong track record in elective office.
Electronic cigarette users are firing up their devices in all kinds of places people wouldn't consider lighting a conventional cigarette. That's inspired moves in the Minnesota Legislature to regulate "vaping" - the vaporizing of nicotine.
Democrats in the race are pledging to stick by the endorsement and DFL leaders say that could boost their chances on Election Day.
Republicans hope to press that mid-term dissatisfaction by leveraging President Barack Obama's low approval ratings and skepticism over his Affordable Care Act against Democrats.
Earlier this week the other two candidates, former state Rep. Phil Krinkie of Circle Pines and Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah of Lino Lakes, announced primary campaigns, acknowledging that most delegates are backing Emmer for the GOP endorsement.
Republican Mike McFadden called reporters to a news conference Thursday to talk about his plans to fight wasteful government spending, but when reporters started asking questions about other issues McFadden declined to offer specifics.
Former Republican state Rep. Phil Krinkie will skip Saturday's 6th District GOP convention and fight instead for the party nomination in a primary.
South-metro Republicans Saturday endorsed 2nd District Republican Congressman John Kline for a seventh term.