DULUTH—When Rep. Rick Nolan announced his upcoming retirement from Congress earlier this month, he ended a re-election campaign flush with cash — more than half-a-million dollars' worth. The situation was not unusual; politicians retire midstream all the time. What Nolan does with his unspent campaign money is basically up to him — but it includes some limits, said David Schultz, a Hamline University professor of political science.
DULUTH—Pete Stauber bounced from one thing to the next at his 8th Congressional District campaign headquarters in Hermantown earlier this month. It was the same morning Congressman Rick Nolan announced his retirement to come at the end of his term. The news crashed like a wave on both major political parties. It set some familiar names to envision themselves in the seat. And it sent Stauber into a closed-door sidebar with a GOP strategist in town from Washington, D.C.
DULUTH—Two familiar names joined the race Thursday, Feb. 15, to represent the DFL in the upcoming midterm election to replace retiring 8th Congressional District Rep. Rick Nolan. Retired television news anchor Michelle Lee told the News Tribune she is "99.9 percent" sure she'll run, while former state representative Joe Radinovich announced his campaign in a news release.
NORTH BRANCH, Minn.—The first new entrant into the midterm election void left by Rep. Rick Nolan's retirement announcement last week wasn't among the names people expected. As other politicos remained mum through Monday, North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy entered the race on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor side late in the day Sunday, declaring her candidacy with a short news release. "I knew this would be a heavy-hitter race," she later said in an interview. "I consider myself the Forrest Gump of this race."
DULUTH, Minn.—The airplane carrying Rick Nolan home from Washington, D.C., on Friday reached Minnesota in the middle of the afternoon. By suppertime, the surprise retirement announcement from the 74-year-old congressman was a workday's old. The hard part for Nolan was over, and he had already shed his proverbial navy blue 8th District DFL jacket for the robe of family.
DULUTH — By moving to close the door on his political career Friday, Feb. 9, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan turned the midterm race for the 8th Congressional District seat into a wide-open affair. Nolan's bombshell retirement announcement set in motion a flurry of new candidacy considerations from within both major parties. Nolan's Republican challenger in each of the past two elections, Stewart Mills, took to Twitter on Friday to say he's now "very seriously considering another run for U.S. Congress." He was hardly alone.
MOOSE LAKE, Minn. — An observatory dome is a curious machine — one that appears static but is dynamic when put to use. It's got a giant shutter that raises like an automatic garage door to allow for the telescope inside to peer out into the heavens. And the dome itself, which looks like the rounded cap on a grain silo, will sensibly rotate so the shutter can open to any part of the sky.
ON THE SAWBILL TRAIL, Minn. — With its canvas tents tucked among the pines of the Superior National Forest, housing travelers from near and far, the Sawbill checkpoint along the 373-mile John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon course is reminiscent of a Bedouin camp. Just substitute snow for sand, boots for sandals, dogs for camels.
DULUTH — For DFLers in the 17 northeastern and north-central counties that make up the 8th Congressional District in Minnesota, the campaign and election season is afoot — already.
DULUTH — Protesters shut down the Wells Fargo bank in downtown Duluth on Friday morning, Jan. 12, when three men in a crowd of about three-dozen protesters locked themselves to entrances for the bank. One man placed a U-shaped bike lock around his neck to secure himself to the customer entrance security gate prior to the bank's opening, effectively keeping the bank closed.