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Washington Times columnist Cheryl K. Chumley is biking the battleground states as part of an ongoing series, visiting 14 states in 14 days to hear what real Americans think of the 2020 election. All of her interviews may be found HERE.

PIPESTONE, MINNESOTA: Pipestone is a small town with a massive American spirit. And in this day and age of hate-filled politics, partisan punditry and vicious attacks in the streets masquerading as First Amendment peaceful protests, it’s a breath of fresh air to find people, nestled as they are in the southeast corner of the state, who not only love America, but actively live out American values.

They don’t want the government telling them what to do.

They want to work for themselves, provide for their own families, and teach by doing the next generation that hey, socialism may talk a good talk, but when it comes down to

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  • President Donald Trump claimed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “will turn Minnesota into a refugee camp,” during a rally in the state on Wednesday. 
  • The state also happens to have the largest Somali population in the country. 
  • Trump also once again attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar and went along as the crowd to chanted “lock her up.”
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President Donald Trump claimed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “will turn Minnesota into a refugee camp,” during a rally in the state that also happens to have the largest Somali population in the country. 

Trump then went on to attack Rep. Ilhan Omar — who came to the US as a Somali refugee when she was a child — again and went along as the crowd to chanted “lock her up.”

“What is going on with Omar? I’ve been reading these

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DULUTH – Five weeks before the election, President Donald Trump was back in Minnesota on Wednesday, raising money and rallying a few thousand supporters on a cold, blustery night.

He claimed credit for adding jobs to the Iron Range, a refrain he also sounded a year ago when visiting Minneapolis, and expressed support for some of the area’s most controversial topics, including copper-nickel mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and replacing the aging Line 3 Enbridge oil pipeline.

“Now they’re all back,” he said of thousands of Iron Range jobs, seemingly unaware that the region’s mines have been struggling with closures and furloughs since the pandemic began.

In a part of the state where a decadeslong tension between key industries and the environment has driven votes, Trump placed mining on a pedestal. He noted that he signed a new executive order Wednesday to expand the country’s production of

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  • State and federal officials halted a COVID-19 survey in Minnesota after residents harassed and threatened public health workers, the Star Tribune reported. 
  • One Hispanic worker said she had been called more racist slurs carrying out the survey than she had in her whole life. 
  • The coronavirus pandemic-induced fear has Americans induced harassment and hostility in some communities.
  • A city in Oklahoma overturned a face mask mandate after residents threatened to harm employees wearing masks, and retail workers have faced harassment trying to enforce company policies. 
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Minnesota officials halted a door-to-door COVID-19 survey gauging the prevalence of the virus after residents intimidated and shouted racist slurs at health care workers, The Star Tribune reported. 

The newspaper reported that the surveyors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were insulted by angry residents at their doors and from nearby neighbors.

One Hispanic surveyor said

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a man holding a sign: Protesters demonstrate in St. Paul, Minnesota, while holding a "WE CAN'T BREATHE" sign, on May 28, 2020. John Minchillo/AP Photo


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Protesters demonstrate in St. Paul, Minnesota, while holding a “WE CAN’T BREATHE” sign, on May 28, 2020. John Minchillo/AP Photo

When mayor Michael Tubbs launched one of the US’s first guaranteed-income pilots in Stockton, California, last year, many saw the idea as radical. Then came the results: Recipients of the monthly stipends primarily used the money to buy groceries and pay their bills. Many said it had improved their quality of life.

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Now, Tubbs is the leader of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a coalition of mayors interested in starting similar basic-income pilots across the country. The coalition’s membership more than doubled from June to September, with 25 mayors now on board.

On Wednesday, the city council of Saint Paul, Minnesota, voted to approve funding for a guaranteed-income pilot there that’s set to begin this fall. The experiment will give up to 150 low-income

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Washington, Sept. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spell Capital Mezzanine SBIC Partners II, L.P of Minneapolis, MN, has been named the 2020 Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of National Small Business Week. Spell Capital Mezzanine, along with other national winners and finalists for the National Small Business Person of the Year, will be honored in a virtual event that will be held September 22-24, 2020, which was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy.  

Spell Capital Mezzanine was selected for its longevity in the SBIC program, its successful investment track record, and tremendous dedication to supporting the growth and expansion of small businesses, particularly

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Fish-shaped sandals are a popular item at Treasure City in Royalton.  (Photo: Dave Schwarz, [email protected])

ROYALTON — It’s more than fish flops and pirate swag for sale at an iconic Minnesota roadside destination. 

Treasure City, which sits along U.S. Highway 10 in Royalton, is officially on the market as business owner Bob Janski prepares to retire. Janski, 79, said last week he made the decision to sell four years ago, and the business has been actively for sale within the past year.

The business is listed on Transworld Business Advisors’ site and has been for about six months, business adviser Marv Soldner said, but Janski has worked with others to sell the business as well.

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Signs and flags fill the entrance area along U.S. Highway 10 Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at Treasure City in Royalton.  (Photo: Dave Schwarz, [email protected])

The purchase price of Treasure City’s

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Republican state lawmakers on Monday, Aug. 31, wrote to Gov. Tim Walz urging him to end compliance checks on businesses, saying the additional inspections amounted to unnecessary harassment of business owners.

GOP officials for months have been critical of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Walz’s efforts to repeatedly extend the peacetime emergency to combat the disease.

The emergency expands the governor’s authority to issue executive orders. And since the emergency took effect in March, Walz has issued dozens that have waived evictions, allowed for scaled-up production of COVID-19 tests, temporarily shuttered schools, businesses and churches and set in place a mandate to wear masks in public spaces.

The Departments of Health, Labor and Industry and Public Safety in announcing the additional compliance checks last week said regulators wanted to pinpoint establishments that weren’t following state guidance because they created an unsafe environment for workers and customers and

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  • First-term Rep. Angie Craig will face Republican Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district.
  • Upon being elected in 2018, Craig became the first openly lesbian mother in Congress.
  • This suburban district is one of thirty congressional districts in the U.S. which voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 but is currently represented by a Democrat.
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First-term Rep. Angie Craig looks to retain her seat against Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district.

The candidates

Craig, the incumbent, was previously a newspaper reporter before moving to London to work in human resources for a medical device company.

Upon being elected in 2018, Craig became the first openly lesbian mother in Congress. In the summer of 2020, she introduced a bill to extend paycheck protection program loans by five weeks. The bill was later ratified by President Donald Trump, her second bill signed

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