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Standing in front of the Cannon River, President Barack Obama speaks to about 500 Minnesotans Monday morning. He urged those at a Cannon Falls town hall meeting to join him in fighting for a better econonmy.

Update: Obama calls on citizens get involved to fix 'broken' politics

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Update 2:15 p.m.

CANNON FALLS, Minn. -- President Barack Obama asked Minnesotans attending a mid-day "town hall" meeting in a tranquil riverside park to get involved fixing what he called Washington's "broken" politics.

The Democratic president, in what many called his first campaign swing of a re-election bid, urged the 500 people gathered in along the Cannon River to tell members of Congress: "It is time for games to stop. It is time to put country first."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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