CLOQUET, Minn.—Stephanie Lee had one hope for the 8th Congressional District DFL candidate forum at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on Wednesday, April 4. "I hope we can see more delineation between the DFL candidates," said Lee, of Finlayson, Minn., and a one-time student at the host school in Cloquet. Members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party who packed the school's rotunda didn't see Lee's wish come true — until the topic turned to copper mining.
DULUTH—Huntington's disease is a cruel and fatal condition. Genetic, it follows a person like a specter until presenting in adulthood when it slowly, across the years, erodes the brain and cripples the body. It can be characterized by constant straining and waves of twitching. For 50-year-old James Adams, who lives with advanced Huntington's, it was a fight to both transfer from wheelchair to recliner and say what it meant for him to be finally living with his wife, Mardell Columbus-Adams.
DULUTH—The estimated $205 million reconstruction of the "can of worms" section of Interstate 35 through Duluth isn't scheduled to begin until 2019. But that doesn't mean work isn't already happening.
DULUTH—It wasn't the only factor, but "a nudge" from the congressman Jason Metsa will vie to replace helped him decide to run for the 8th Congressional District's open seat. Metsa, a three-term state representative from Virginia, Minn., announced Thursday, March 1, that he will seek the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement for the 8th District seat. He joins four other DFL candidates trying to replace incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan, who announced his retirement in February.
DULUTH — The political pairing of Ray "Skip" Sandman and the state Independence Party came together over coffee at a roadside restaurant in Hinckley. What started as an introductory get-together yielded a match which will carry into the 8th Congressional District race. Sandman, 64, is making his second bid for the office after running as a Green Party candidate during the 2014 8th District race.
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.