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Pence holds rally at Duluth airport

Plus: farmers have a bad year; vandals hit DFL headquarters sign with pro-Trump message; “This American Life” visits St. Cloud; and more.

Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

That other airport rally. The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers reports: “Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence rallied supporters at the Duluth International Airport on Monday to turn out the vote for his boss on Election Day, and then implored party regulars who might have wavered to ‘come home’ to the party’s ticket and Donald Trump. … Pence, 57, the first-term governor of Indiana, described himself as a ‘Christian, conservative and Republican, in that order.’ He praised Trump’s leadership abilities, predicted victory in Minnesota and across the U.S. and promised a new era of U.S. moral, economic and military superiority under a Trump administration.”

The farm business: not good. The Star Tribune’s Tom Meersman reports: “Ed McNamara sat in the driver’s seat of his John Deere combine recently, musing about crop prices as he mowed through six rows of corn at a time. … Thousands of Minnesota farmers have withstood stubbornly low crop prices during the past 27 months, and farmers’ average net income has been dropping steadily for the past three years. McNamara, who has been farming just south of the Twin Cities near Goodhue since 1978, has seen the farm economy cycle up and down several times and knows the drill when profit margins are slim to none.”

For a second there we just thought they had changed their minds. The Pioneer Press’s Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Dave Orrick report: “Overnight Monday someone used red paint to write ‘FOR TRUMP’ on the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s sign at its St. Paul headquarters. … Ken Martin, chair of the DFL Party, said he was not surprised — their headquarters has been vandalized before — and the party has filed a police report. … ‘It may make someone feel good to engage in this behavior, but trust me that childish acts like this only motivate us more for this final push,’ he said on Facebook. … The vandals likely would have required a ladder to reach the sign, which is about 10 feet tall.”

Did you catch last week’s episode of “This American Life”? It has a really thorough explanation of what’s been going on in St. Cloud over the past few years: “One way to understand the split inside the Republican party is to look at immigration. It’s this urgent, emotional issue for so much of the party these days. But why? Over the past year, as producer Zoe Chace has covered the election, she has wondered, why immigration NOW? She had a hard time getting any answers — and then she stumbled upon a small city in Minnesota called St. Cloud. Zoe connects the anti-immigrant sentiment in St. Cloud with a national network of organizations promoting anti-Muslim views and spreading fear about Sharia law. We hear how the Somali immigrants in town deal with their neighbors’ fears. And then a violent attack at a local mall inflames both sides.”

In other news…

Firsthand account of the refugee screening process from a Minnesotan: “I Used to Screen Somali Refugees. Here’s Why Trump’s Latest Statements Are Wrong.” [Sojourners]

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What unites us as Americans is not whom we vote for in the election, but how we manage to make a buck off it: “Minneapolis dog spa selling election-themed poo bags” [KWCH]

It was pretty nice this weekend: “Twin Cities Metro Breaks 116-Year-old Weather Record” [KSTP]

The Nation is pretty excited about Ilhan Omar: “How a Somali-American Muslim Woman Candidate Is Mobilizing Millennial Voters in Minnesota” [The Nation]

Hope he’s OK! “Minnesota man shot in leg while deer hunting over weekend” [MPR]

Meth, ladies and gentlemen: “Alexandria police: Drug user escapes cuffs, flees in squad car at 125 mph” [Star Tribune]