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Poll: Wardlow leads Ellison in race for attorney general

Plus: national figures stump for Minnesota politicians; authorities want help finding cars seen in area when Jayme Closs disappeared; electronic scooter companies sued; and more.

Republican attorney general candidate Doug Wardlow
Republican attorney general candidate Doug Wardlow
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

MPR’s Briana Bierschbach and Tim Pugmire write: “Republican Doug Wardlow is leading Democrat Keith Ellison by 7 points in the race for attorney general, according to the latest MPR News/Star Tribune Minnesota Poll — a significant reversal from the last round of polling in mid-September. Of 800 likely voters polled last week, 43 percent said they preferred Wardlow, an attorney and one-time state legislator, while 36 percent said they support Ellison, who has served the 5th District in Congress for the last 12 years.”

Kelly Smith and J. Patrick Coolican of the Strib report, “Minnesota candidates in some of the fiercest races on this year’s ballot got a boost on Monday from high-profile national politicians, with several election contests here pivotal to which party comes out ahead in the upcoming midterm elections. House Speaker Paul Ryan warned of a ‘green wave’ of Democratic fundraising in a visit … for U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis … Democratic candidate for governor Tim Walz will campaign with Gabby Giffords, a former member of Congress and a gun control activist; and Lewis’s opponent, Democrat Angie Craig, will appear later this week with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts.”

In the Duluth News Tribune, we learn, “The city of Duluth will be hosting a public information meeting about the proposed Essentia Health “Vision Northland” project, in which a projected investment of approximately $675 million would be used to develop a new modernized medical campus in downtown Duluth. … The project will build approximately 815,000 square feet of new space and renovate another 115,000 square feet in existing facilities.”

Says LaVelle E. Neal in the Strib, “Rocco Baldelli, major league field coordinator for the Tampa Bay Rays, had a second interview for the Twins managerial position on Monday, according to a major league baseball source. The former outfielder, 37, interviewed for five of the six vacant major league positions since the season ended. … He retired after seven seasons at age 29 in 2010 and has worked for the Rays since, including four seasons as a first base coach.

KSTP-TV has a story saying, “The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the state has now crossed the 300-mark when it comes to fatalities on Minnesota’s roads this year. A release Monday said a total of 302 people have died on the state’s roads in 2018. That’s up from 285 at this time a year ago. Minnesota did not record its 300th fatality until Oct. 31 in 2017.”

Pam Louwagie and Paul Walsh of the Strib say, “Authorities in Wisconsin said Monday afternoon they still have no motive in the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs but have asked the public for help looking for cars that were seen in the area when she disappeared. At a news conference, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said they’re looking for a 2008-2014 red or orange Dodge Challenger and a black SUV: Either a 2006-2010 Ford Edge or a 2004-2010 Acura MDX.”

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The Washington Post (via the PiPress) writes: “The nation’s electronic-scooter companies are facing more blowback as concerns rise about the safety of these devices — this time in the form of a class-action lawsuit filed Friday in California. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses two of the largest e-scooter companies, Lime and Bird, as well as other e-scooter firms, of ‘gross negligence’ and ‘aiding and abetting assault.’ The lawsuit, filed on behalf of eight initial plaintiffs, says the companies’ practices have contributed to injuries in multiple ways.

Says Matt Egan for CNN Business, “New York authorities blasted Wells Fargo on Monday for leaving investors in the dark about the toxic sales culture that spawned the bank’s fake-accounts scandal. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood accused Wells Fargo of making ‘fraudulent’ statements to shareholders over ‘many years’ about its business model and notorious sales tactics. Wells Fargo agreed to pay a $65 million penalty, but the scandal-ridden bank neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing. … In a statement, Wells Fargo emphasized that it did not admit liability. ‘We believe that putting this matter behind us is in the best interest of all of our stakeholders, including customers’, the bank said … .”