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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Stillwater Lift Bridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin is tentatively scheduled to reopen to vehicle traffic in about a month. (11/05/2012)
October was the deadliest month this year for traffic accidents where the victims were not wearing seatbelts, Minnesota public safety officials say. (11/05/2012)
Can't get enough of the election? Get up-to-the-minute news on the Campaign 2012 blog. (11/05/2012)
Prosecutors say a southern Minnesota couple starved their 8-year-old adopted son to the point that he was severely malnourished and weighed less than 35 pounds.
A Hennepin County judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Breck School for a former student who alleged that he was abused by a teacher.
Minnesota wolf hunters have killed 66 wolves as of 10 p.m. Monday in the first weekend of the state's first regulated wolf hunt.
At this late stage, for most campaigns the time for persuasion is over and all efforts are given to getting supporters to actually vote. On the last day before the election, Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack spent the final hours of the campaign to rally supporters in the southern part of the 8th District. His challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan, tried to fire-up Democrats in the northern part of the district.
Minnesota Public Radio reporter Sasha Aslanian, who has been covering the debate over the marriage amendment, discusses with All Things Considered frequently asked questions about the amendment.
Disputes over mining proposals are becoming increasingly common in Minnesota and the outcome often turns on whether a city decides to annex mining land from a nearby township.
Authorities say a North Mankato couple starved their 8-year-old adopted son - causing him to be so malnourished that his bones were protruding and his brain atrophied.
Nancy Duffy and Michael Gibbs, authors of the best-selling book 'The Presidents Club,' speaking at the Westminster Town Hall Forum about the personal and policymaking relationships among the former presidents and the current president.
Forty Minnesota school districts have tax levy referendums on Tuesday's ballot.
Polls released over the weekend show that the voter ID constitutional amendment is now in an extremely tight race, and campaigns on both sides are working hard to make sure their supporters turn out Tuesday.
During a recent show about texts that typify the American experience, many listeners wanted to apply this lens to music. We continue the discussion looking at songs and artists that exemplify the American spirit.
In architecture writer Hugh Howard's latest book, he takes us into the places presidents lived. 'Houses of Presidents' offers a tour of the homes and explains the daily lives of America's chief executives.
In Minnesota, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is predicting this state's voters will again lead the nation in voter turnout, perhaps falling just shy of 80 percent voter turnout. Should voting be mandatory?
It's Election Day! Or is it? Due to early voting, also called convenience voting, voters in 34 states and Washington D.C. could have already voted. That means up to 40 percent of voters could have cast their votes prior to today.
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Pilar Marrero's 'Killing the American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists are Destroying the Nation.'
First-term Rep. Chip Cravaack is in a tough race in Minnesota's 8th District with Rick Nolan, a businessman and former congressman. The 8th District primarily covers northeastern Minnesota.
Minnesota' top election officials is reminding voters who will be out of their precinct Tuesday for Election Day that they can still vote by absentee ballot Monday.
An MPR News analysis of campaign finance reports shows that at least $10.4 million has been invested by candidates, parties, unions and political groups on both sides of the aisle to defend or challenge the Republican majorities at the state Capitol.
Today on the MPR News Update, we're all over the 2012 campaign as the clock winds down, from candidates to ballot issues and beyond. Also, we hear from hunters gunning for wolves in Minnesota. And, there's news about the Nice Ride and another Minnesota Opera original.
Authorities are investigating the theft of a contracted mail truck in Fargo.
One day left in their stubbornly close race, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are storming through a final exhaustive campaign push Monday that won't end until the wee hours of Election Day in pursuit of every possible vote.
Commuters streaming into New York City on Monday endured long waits and crowded trains, giving the recovering transit system a stress test a week after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the eastern third of the country, with New York and New Jersey bearing the brunt of the destruction.
One of the big messages at the 10th annual Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener in Winona on the opening weekend of the firearms deer season was the need to get kids away from their Xboxes and into the outdoors.
DNR officials said they were not surprised by early kill numbers for Minnesota's first managed wolf season.
The two candidates for U.S. Senate from Minnesota are making their final cases to voters, one day after their final debate of the campaign.
Filmmaker Errol Morris will join The Daily Circuit to talk about his latest video on The New York Times site: '11 Excellent Reasons Not to Vote?'
Josh Goodman of Stateline joins The Daily Circuit to discuss his recent article about legislative races around the country. In some states, Goodman writes, the election is really about whether one party will win a supermajority. The outcome, he said, will have tangible and far-reaching consequences.
As Election Day comes down to the wire, Minnesota is getting some last-minute attention from both the Obama and Romney campaigns. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and former President Bill Clinton were both here on Sunday.
More challenges face residents affected by Superstorm Sandy, not the least of which is getting to work today. More of the New York City subway system is running, but not all of it, and gasoline shortages persist in the city and in New Jersey.
The daughter of a deer hunter shot and killed during Minnesota's firearm opener says her father was insistent upon firearms safety and raised his family to be careful hunters.
Adrian Peterson tore through the Seahawks defense for one of the finest games of his career, yet was stuck being a spectator as Seattle (5-4) slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Customers used the green bikes for almost 275,000 trips, the most for the non-profit group since it started renting bikes in 2010, said Nice Ride executive director Bill Dossett.
Low pay and employee abuse are common, even in sought-after jobs.
At the end of a rough and muddy trail in southern Koochiching County this weekend, a few miles from Northome, six hunters hunkered down over a simmering pot of spaghetti and talked about the challenge of taking part in the state's first managed wolf hunt.
Minnesota voters will decide whether they want to use the state constitution to make significant changes in state election law.
When the results are counted this Tuesday, Americans will have resoundingly rehired a big majority of the House and Senate despite railing for months about an ineffective, bitterly divided Congress.

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