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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Discussions took on something of a bleak tone when the plight of families — particularly young, rural and working parents — came up during discussion. “People are desperate,” said Christine Gesme of Harmony House of Little Falls, who noted she no longer adds more parents to her waiting list of 150 families. “I’ve had people asking me when was a good time for them to get pregnant. That’s real and that’s a real odd conversation. What do you tell these families who just want to work and raise their children?”
BRAINERD, Minn. — “I’m sorry we’ve got you lined up with numbers like the state penitentiary,” drawled Lesley Travers, the hearing’s third-party moderator. “But, it’s the only way we can ensure everyone gets their chance to speak and be heard.”
BAXTER, Minn. — It’s something like an old Norse fairy tale — a man, stricken and down on his luck, sets out in his boat and comes upon a giant golden fish, mysterious and ancient, that transforms his life for the better, as if by magic. However, this isn’t a fairy tale.
Minnesota’s highest office is up for grabs and its race is tightening down the stretch as the state enters the final two weeks before Election Day, Nov. 6. Democrat Tim Walz leads Republican Jeff Johnson by about 6 percentage points — Walz is garnering 45 percent to Johnson’s 39 percent in an Oct. 15-17 poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy for Minnesota Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.