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President Barack Obama speaks at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis on Thursday. ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS/Ben Garvin

Obama tries to put upbeat face on his record during Minnesota visit

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With Washington bogged down in partisan gridlock, President Barack Obama came to the Twin Cities on Thursday afternoon to talk to ordinary citizens and put an upbeat face on a record that has taken a beating.

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He held a town hall meeting with about 350 Minnesotans in Minnehaha Park, grabbed a burger at a Minneapolis bar with a struggling young mother and took a side trip to St. Paul’s Grand Avenue to chat with small-business owners.

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