Organizers said Edwards and about 400 other people attended the events Sunday night.
DFL activist Paul Thatcher held a $1,000 per person reception at his home in downtown Minneapolis, attended by about 50 people.
Former Metropolitan Council Chairman Ted Mondale, son of formerVice President Walter Mondale, hosted a $50 per person event at hishome in St. Louis Park, which more than 300 people attended.
About $30,000 of the money came from donors who gave $100 orless, said Scott Benson, a Minneapolis City Council member who ison Edwards' national steering committee.
The first-term senator announced his candidacy for presidentlast month, casting himself as a fresh face in politics. Severalother Democrats also are seeking the party's nomination.