Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Humphrey-Mondale dinner at the St. Paul RiverCentre. AP Photo | Evan Vucci Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives to speak at the Minnesota DFL’s annual Humphrey-Mondale dinner. AP Photo | Jim Mone

Hillary Clinton used a Minnesota-themed appeal, and Bernie Sanders relied on his familiar campaign themes as the two made separate pitches to ardent Minnesota Democrats at a fundraising dinner in St. Paul Friday night.

The DFL’s annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner attracted more than 4,000 people to St. Paul’s RiverCentre less then three weeks before Minnesota’s March 1 precinct caucuses.

Clinton said she wants to build on the accomplishments of President Obama, including the Affordable Care Act. She took direct aim at Sanders when she called herself a “progressive who actually likes to make progress.”

“All of us know, don’t we? Don’t we know that we need real solutions to the challenges we face? I’m running to tear down all the barriers that hold people back across our country. I am not making promises I can’t keep,” the former secretary of state said.

Clinton dropped several Minnesota references in her speech, and thanked many of the state’s top Democrats who support her campaign.

Sanders largely stuck to more familiar messages.

“It sounds like some of you are ready for a political revolution,” the Vermont Senator said as he took the stage.

Sanders, who had earlier appeared at a forum on race and economic opportunity in Minneapolis, told the DFL donors that he wants to fix a broken criminal justice system and end what he views as a “corrupt” campaign finance system. Sanders also took aim at income inequality.

“My friends, this is not an American economy. It is not a fair economy,” he said. “It is a rigged economy, and together we’re going to change that.”

DFL leaders declared the event the largest in the state party’s history. It brought in a record $1 million in donations.

George Humphrey, 23, of  Wayzata who said he is not related to the Minnesota political icon, was among those who attended the dinner, even though he hasn’t made up his mind yet which candidate he will support.

While his sister backs Clinton, and many of his friends are Sanders supporters, Humphrey wanted to hear for himself what each candidate had to say.

“Both options are better than anything coming out of the Republican side. So, I’m focused more on just general support for the Democrats than trying to figure out specifically which one I support,” he said.

It’s unclear whether Minnesota will see more campaign visits before March 1st.

Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Keith Downey said he’s not aware of any plans by GOP presidential candidates, but thinks one or more could drop in at the end of the month. Even if they don’t, Downey said the Minnesota supporters of the candidates are ready to roll.

“The field teams are totally geared up and mobilized and doing a lot work out in the districts and working hard to drive their people to the polls,” Downey said. “There’s certainly activity here whether or not we see any candidates individually present we’ll wait and see.”

Minnesota Republicans hold their own fundraiser, the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner, Tuesday night in Minneapolis. No presidential candidates are scheduled to appear.

Both Democratic presidential contenders are now running TV ads aimed at building support in Minnesota.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began airing spots Friday, a couple of days after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made his commercial presence felt. As of now, both candidates are airing positive spots, highlighting their personas and policies.

For Sanders, that means mixing ads that stress his call for higher taxes on the wealthy with another sharing his biography. (An interesting sidelight: the 60-second Sanders biography ad running in Minnesota features a female narrator; one airing in some other places is voiced by a man.)

Clinton’s opening ad appeal in the state portrays her as a doer. “The presidency is the toughest job in the world and she’s the one who will make a real difference for you,” the narrator says as ad ends.

Both Democratic candidates are spending more than six figures each over the next couple of weeks on Minnesota television.

None of the Republicans in the race for the White House has reserved time for ads in Minnesota, which will hold its caucuses on March 1.

Good morning and welcome to Friday. Fresh off their debate last night Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will be in Minnesota today at the annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, a fundraiser for the state DFL Party. Sanders is also appearing at an afternoon forum in north Minneapolis convened by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.

Let’s start the Digest by looking at what happened at the debate last night.

1. The two candidates agreed on a lot and disagreed on key areas such as whose plans would actually work and who was a bigger supporter of President Obama. (Washington Post)

2. Clinton did not come off as someone who just suffered a double-digit loss in New Hampshire. (New York Times)

3. So far voters seem split between Sanders and Clinton along generational lines. (MPR News)

4.  A Twin Cities man pleaded guilty to terrorist charges for wanting to join ISIS. But he said online videos, not anything he heard at a local mosque, compelled him to join. (MPR News)

5. The state Health Department has discovered decades long problems with water tests which may have masked the level of some contaminants in drinking water. (Star Tribune)