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The Democratic-Farmer-Labor party elected House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher as its gubernatorial candidate for 2010 in Duluth Saturday night, KSTP reported.

Kelliher's stiffest competition for the spot came from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who conceded at 11 p.m. Saturday night to Kelliher, the Pioneer Press reported. Other candidates are choosing to remain in the race, including House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, former Sen. Mark Dayton, and Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner.

Party backers have urged the other candidates to withdraw, as they will face a difficult campaign for the governor's seat, which hasn't been Democratic in Minnesota since 1990, The Star Tribune reported.

Man accidently kills wife, wounds self in home break-in.

A 27-year-old St. Paul man shot and killed his wife and wounded himself while fighting with a home intruder Sunday morning, the Pioneer Press reported.

Nicholas Firkus' house was broken into around 6 a.m., after which he struggled with the intruder and accidentally killed his wife when his gun fired, The Star Tribune reported.

A group of high school students helped prevent a tobacco company advertising at a West St. Paul Cinco de Mayo festival, the Pioneer Press reported.

The group of student from Harding High School on the east side of St. Paul offered to raise money to help cover the $9,000 the tobacco company was offering the advertising rights, Topix reported.

Source of polution in Minneapolis' Lake Calhoun discovered

The source of chemicals that had been affecting wildlfie in Minneapolis' Lake Calhoun was identified as a 3M factory in St. Louis Park, the reported.

The search for the search had been going on for four years, being run prodominently by the Minneapolis Pollution Control Agency, The Star Tribune reported. The factory, which is 1 1/2 miles away, was first identified by the University of Minnesota in 2004.

The agency does not yet have the information to determine if the factory is the sole source of the poluution, KARE 11 reported.

The new Minnesota Twins stadium, Target Field, opened it doors for major league play for the first time on Friday, USA Today reported.

The game just missed what had been a rainy day and play began under clear skies. According to the St. Loius Dispatch, the stadium has features that resembles Major League ballparks in San Diego, Cleveland, and Washington D.C.

The Twins played the exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals, and lost the first professional game at Target Field 8-4, The AP reported.

Minneapolis bar fire kills six, including three children

A fire at an Irish bar killed six in Minneapolis early Saturday morning, three of them children, the AP reported.

Andrew and Ann Gervais, their three children, and McMahon's bartender Ryan Richner died in the fire, The Star Tribune reported. The Gervais family had moved into an apartment above the bar the day of the fire.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries, the Pioneer Press reported. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Joe Mauer signs record breaking deal with Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer signed the largest contract in MLB history on Sunday, signing a $184 million, 8-year deal with the Minnesota Twins, USA Today reported.

The deal had been expected to be signed before the team started its regular season, and while the talks took longer than expected to finalize, this is a welcome sign of commitment to winning as the Twins open their new stadium in less than a month, the Pioneer Press reported.

La crosse student believed missing found drunk in car.

A 22-year-old student and The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse who was believed to be missing was found intoxicated in a car Sunday morning, The Star Tribune reported.

The student was reported missing late Saturday night when he never made it back home after spending the night at a La Crosse bar, WKBT reported.

A policeman told WKBT that we wishes a more severe punishment could have been handed out for the stress that the student caused friends and family

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the first large-scale season ticket price cut by an NBA franchise in an attempt to improve attendence, The Star Tribune reports.

The Minnesota Post reported that Timberwolves president of operations Davin Khan took this drastic measure to combat the poor ticket sales the team has been facing during the teams poor performance in the last few years.

A 40-year-old man was shot and killed Saturday night, police said. Brian Orloske of Houlton, Wis., was found dead around 11:30 p.m. last night on the 1300 block of Reaney Ave. in East St. Paul, The Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reported that the motive is still unclear, but police were told that the borhters had been fighting earlier in the night.

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