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Ellison and Wardlow clash over role of AG at debate

Plus: Medtronic founder Earl Bakken has died; more than 50,000 attend Minnesota United game at TCF Bank stadium; crucial I35W ramp to reopen in downtown Minneapolis; and more.

From MPR’s Brian Bakst: “It was a brawl from start to finish in the only head-to-head debate between the two contenders for Minnesota attorney general. During their KSTP TV debate Sunday night, Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and former GOP state Rep. Doug Wardlow repeatedly labeled the other as too extreme to be the top lawyer.”

Joe Carlson writes in the Strib: “Earl Bakken, the Minneapolis electronics repairman who invented a pacemaker that kept a child’s heart beating with a battery, inspiring a generation of lifesaving electronic medical devices, has died. He was 94. The Columbia Heights native died Sunday surrounded by family at his home on Kiholo Bay in Hawaii, 4,000 miles west of the northeast Minneapolis garage where he famously built the world’s first wearable, battery-powered pacemaker based on a sketch for a metronome circuit in Popular Electronics magazine.”

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The AP reports: “A Minnesota judge has issued a temporary restraining order that bars the Nobles County sheriff’s office from relying on arrest warrants from immigration officials to keep individuals detained. The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued Nobles County this year, alleging the sheriff didn’t release some immigrants from jail when required, then rearrested them for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.… Friday’s order says the county can’t rely on ICE arrest warrants because they aren’t signed by a judge.”

From KSTP-TV:It was a record-breaking day for Minnesota’s major league soccer team, as more than 50,000 Minnesota United fans packed into TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. The final home game marked the end of an important chapter in the team’s history, but also kicked off a new era. The match was the final game played at TCF, as the team moves into their new home next year at Allianz Field in St. Paul. Attendance at Sunday’s match came in at 52,242, breaking a record set back in 1976.”

The Star Tribune’s Erin Adler writes: “A University of St. Thomas sophomore was found dead in her dorm room bed Friday morning, and the cause of her death remained under investigation Sunday. Katherine ‘Katie’ Mullen, a native of Andover, was on the dean’s list at St. Thomas and worked in Academic Counseling and Support, according to a post from the university’s news service. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office is looking into Mullen’s cause of death.”

In the Duluth News Tribune, John Myers writes, “Minnesota bear hunters took nearly 13 percent fewer black bears this year compared to 2017, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported last week. Hunters killed 1,760 bears during the hunting season that ended last Sunday, down from 2,035 in 2017 and down 33 percent from 2,633 bears shot in 2016. It’s the fewest bears taken since 2013 when just 1,624 were shot.”

MPR says, “A community gathering will be held in Barron, Wis., on Monday, a week after the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs. Closs has been missing since last Monday, Oct. 15, when her parents were found shot to death in their home near the northwestern Wisconsin city. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald reported in a news release Sunday that his office has ‘received over 1,200 tips, and of those, we have thoroughly investigated over 1,000’ so far.”

Says Tim Harlow in the Strib, “The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s massive reconstruction of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis south to 43rd Street hit a milestone last week: the $240 million project is now 30 percent complete. With that achievement, motorists will regain a key access to downtown from I-35W to 11th and Grant streets. The ramp reopens at 5 a.m. Monday, though it will be only a single lane, not the three lanes motorists enjoyed before the heavily used ramp closed in June.”

Says an opinion piece by Albert Hunt at Bloomberg News, “Wisconsin Democrats are like the comic strip character Charlie Brown when he tries to kick that football: every time they think they’re about to defeat Governor Scott Walker, victory is snatched away. Walker, running for his third term in November, has been skillfully performing the Lucy trick since he was first elected in 2010, then in an ill-advised recall vote in 2012, and again when he was re-elected in 2014. There is no nimbler politician in America, or one always as ready to be flexible. … As governor, he undid much of Wisconsin’s progressive tradition …. There’s not much of that Walker visible in this Democrat-friendly year. He’s now calling for ‘historic’ investments in education … .”