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Dayton, Franken, Klobuchar and other DFL leaders to attend debate parties

Several Wednesday night debate parties around the state will feature top DFL officials.

Minnesota’s DFL elected leaders are spreading out across the state Wednesday night to attend debate-watching events with the party faithful.

President Obama and Mitt Romney will hold the first of three debates at 8 p.m. at the University of Denver, with moderator  Jim Lehrer of PBS’ “NewsHour.”

The Obama Minnesota campaign is hosting debate parties around the state, with top elected officials appearing at some.

Some of the parties on the schedule, all starting at 6:30 p.m.:

  • St. Paul: With Gov. Mark Dayton at Steppingstone Theater, 55 N. Victoria St.
  • Minneapolis: With Sen. Al Franken at the Bell Museum Auditorium, University of Minnesota, 10 Church St. SE
  • North Minneapolis: With Rep. Keith Ellison at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2220 16th Ave. N.
  • Hopkins: With Minneapolis  Mayor R.T. Rybak at the Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Hwy. 7
  • Duluth:  With Sen. Amy Klobuchar at UMD’s Room 80, Montague Hall, 1211 Ordean Court
  • Rochester: Wicked Moose Bar & Grill, 1201 Eastgate Drive SE
  • Mankato: Centennial Student Union, Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Bemidji: Upstream Television, 317 Beltrami Ave. Suite #7
  • St. Cloud: St. Cloud Brothers Bar and Grill, 119 5th Ave. S.