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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Democrats are endorsing Rep. Keith Ellison in his bid for state attorney general, despite an allegation of domestic abuse from an ex-girlfriend. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin says in a statement that the group's central committee endorsed Ellison on Saturday. The National Organization for Women has called for Ellison to quit the race. But Martin says Ellison "will be a champion for families and fight to hold powerful interests accountable."

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A digital marketing company in Minneapolis has adopted a new policy that it calls "fur-ternity" leave, allowing employees with new pets to work from home. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Nina Hale's policy was inspired by senior accounts manager, Connor McCarthy. McCarthy adopted a Goldendoodle named Bentley in May, and wanted to help his puppy settle into his new home.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Orchestra's two-week tour of South Africa is taking its performances to audiences that may have never heard classical music before. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that classical music was considered something for the nation's white elite under the apartheid regime that ruled South Africa for much of the second half of the 20th century. Outreach has become a part of the Minnesota Orchestra tours. The Minnesota Orchestra is hoping to play to diverse audiences on its tour.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The past 10 weeks have been a whirl for Ilhan Omar. She went from being famous for being the country's first Somali-American state legislator to being a virtual shoo-in to become the first Somali-American congresswoman. Omar tells The Associated Press her success has been a matter of organizing. Omar says her job now is to "instill hope in people" to continue to resist what she calls destructive Trump administration policies, and to talk about the kind of nation the U.S. should be.

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