The surviving children of Paul and Sheila Wellstone, through their Wellston Action nonprofit, are hosting an anniversary remembrance in Eveleth today at 1 p.m.
It was 10 years ago that the plane carrying the Senator, his wife, daughter, three staffers and two co-pilots crashed on an icy morning in Eveleth. As people around the state remember, including Minnesota’s two Senators in an op-ed in the Star Tribune, Wellstone Action will gather at the memorial site, followed by fellowship at the Clinton Town Hall, with remarks from Sen. Tom Harkin and music from Bill Maxwell and the Roe Family Singers.
In true Wellstone fashion, organizers are asking for food shelf donations. Items most needed are cans of soup, macaroni and cheese, tuna, and peanut butter.
Elsewhere it’s politics as usual, though, as the election nears. The Rochester Post-Bulletin reports that a standing-room-only crowd packed the Rochester Public Library auditorium Wednesday night for a debate on the proposed Minnesota voter ID amendment.
"With a photo ID, you can know and the public does have the right to know who you are and that you are an eligible voter," said state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, who along with 1st District Rep. Gil Gutknecht argued for passing the amendment . "That is a vested interest of all citizens in an election."
Opponents, represented by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and former Gov. Arne Carlson, argued that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state and that a photo ID law creates barriers for eligible voters. Carlson noted details such as absentee balloting, mail-in balloting and military voting have yet to be addressed.
The paper sponsored the event and its managing editor Jay Furst moderated. Here’s the full coverage.
And in the creepy department: A Nicollet County hog farm worker secretly installed a video camera in the women’s showers, filming his colleagues as they took the required showers before and after work (to prevent diseases from going in or out of the hog barn.)
William Craig Rolloff, 53 years old, faces four gross misdemeanor charges of interfering with privacy as well as two felony charges of interfering with the privacy of a minor (one of the taped women was a teenager.) The Mankato Free Press has the story.