DULUTH, Minn.—The second-to-last money check in the national election cycle found Democrat Joe Radinovich outpacing Republican Pete Stauber by more than $665,000 in the most recent quarter of what has been a hotly contested 8th Congressional District race in northern Minnesota. With candidates due to file with the Federal Election Commission by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, the Radinovich campaign was reporting more than $1.21 million for the quarter from July through September.
DULUTH — Sometime a couple years ago, Paul Kellner and his family noticed they'd lost a canoe to either thieves or Lake Superior. Sometime during Wednesday's storm, the canoe returned to Kellner's Park Point lakeside beachfront. One of Paul and Deb's two teenage sons came bounding into the house amid the gales to pronounce, "Dad, the canoe's back!" "It's the weirdest thing," Kellner said on Thursday, Oct. 11, laid up in his living room overlooking a chocolate Lake Superior still rolling with waves.
BRAINERD, Minn. — The major party candidates in the race for the open 8th Congressional District seat in northern Minnesota met in front of a crowd of roughly 400 people at Madden's Resort near Brainerd on Monday, Oct. 8. But it was the spectre of a third person, President Donald Trump, which loomed large in the debate. Republican Pete Stauber, the recipient of a Trump campaign visit to Duluth in June, credited the president for a robust economy and getting Iron Range miners back to work.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — The Itasca County DFL based in Grand Rapids canceled a Keith Ellison campaign meet-and-greet this week amid safety concerns, the party told said Wednesday, Oct. 3. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor party unit said Twitter appeals by an alt-right activist to protest the event, scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.
DULUTH —His materials from a brush with history were splayed out on a kitchen table, Duluth's Pat Shaw singled out a group photo filled with his fellow photographers — some from the Navy and others from media outlets, such as National Geographic and the Associated Press. The capsule from the historic moon landing, Apollo 11, is prominent in the background with its shield of gold foil battered but gleaming. "The test I always have is, 'Find me,'" Shaw said.
DULUTH — The first of at least four debates in the race for Congress in the 8th District landed in Duluth on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and when it was over Democrat Joe Radinovich and Republican Pete Stauber met offstage for a photo opportunity. They held a poster espousing civility in public discourse. They never came too close to being otherwise during what was a welcome forum — one that left behind scandal early and zeroed in hard on the issues, most notably health care and the proposed expansion into copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota.
DULUTH, Minn.—A placard from an opioid crisis roundtable that identified Pete Stauber as "Candidate for U.S. Congress" took center stage in the race for the 8th Congressional District seat on Wednesday, Sept. 19, as opposition activists in Duluth wondered if it was evidence of conflict of interest. "We need resources to help people, not county commissioners to run for higher office," said Dennis Frazier, a 30-year St. Louis County employee in child protection.
DULUTH — As a longtime beer salesman, Pete Clure is happy to be a cog in the local scene — even if the craft beer explosion has intruded on brands he sells. Casually talking suds, he can tell you that "Castle Cream Ale is on fire." The 51-year-old Duluthian might also mention how the rise of Bent Paddle Brewing forced him to redouble his efforts at Michaud Distributing. Not that he minded.
DULUTH—If you're a voter growing weary of campaign commercials, political mailers and suspect polls, here's an alarming truth: You haven't seen anything yet. The August primary election brought mailers galore and gave way to a September that has seen special interest groups stirring up controversies. That was just the appetizer.
DULUTH—A U.S. House candidate is applying legal pressure to try to stop the airing of what his campaign calls a "false and misleading" special-interest television advertisement. The ad created waves in the race for Congress in the 8th District this week by revealing Democrat Joe Radinovich had a minor drug-related charge on his record. A lawyer for the Radinovich campaign sent eight two-page letters to television stations broadcasting the Congressional Leadership Fund advertisement, which is titled "Fast times" and outlines a history of what it describes as "crimes."