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November 8, 2006 | From Reuters
Minnesota voters elected a black Democrat as the first Muslim in Congress after a race in which he advocated quick U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and made little mention of his faith. Keith Ellison, a 43-year-old lawyer and state representative, defeated two rivals to succeed retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Olav Sabo in a seat that has been held by Democrats since 1963.
March 10, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Aleene MacMinn, a former television editor of the Los Angeles Times, died Sunday of an apparent stroke at her home in Glendale, family members said. She was 75. MacMinn joined The Times as a reporter in 1953, when there were relatively few women in the business. The first day she arrived at work, she doubled the number of female reporters on the Times staff to two. After four years of reporting, she was named assistant editor of what was then the Family section.
November 25, 2005 | John McCormick, Chicago Tribune
A mystery below the harbor surface here has engineers and scientists debating how to slow abnormally rapid corrosion that threatens the long-term structural integrity of the largest port on the Great Lakes. The corrosion is happening at a rate thought to be two to 10 times faster than expected. The rust is damaging about 13 miles of steel plates that line the harbor, metal that provides support for bridges, iron ore loading docks and other vital structures.
November 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
Walter F. Mondale and Norm Coleman will make time during their six-day sprint to replace the late Sen. Paul Wellstone for a debate on the eve of the election, their campaigns announced Saturday. Meanwhile, both sides turned their attention Saturday for the first time to trustworthiness and national security -- the topics that had divided the race before Wellstone was killed in a plane crash Oct. 25.
October 27, 2002 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
The air rang with defiant chants, with the soaring anthem "We Shall Overcome." But in the dusk of a heartbreaking day, an aching lament echoed louder still. Cupping candles against the drizzle, rubbing at their tears, young and old, well and ill, gay and straight, black, white, Hmong and Native American murmured to each other: "No one will ever fill his shoes." Minnesota Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone, the fist-pumping, uncompromising, proudly liberal crusader, was dead.
October 26, 2002 | Richard Simon and Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writers
Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), a leading liberal voice in Congress who was locked in a tight reelection campaign, was killed in a plane crash in his home state Friday, along with his wife, daughter and five others. His death 11 days before the Nov. 5 election -- coming as Democrats thought he was gaining the upper hand in the race -- could have major repercussions on the battle for the Senate.
June 15, 2002 | Associated Press
President Bush declared northwestern Minnesota a disaster area Friday, making federal aid available to a region where up to a foot of rain fell in recent days. The city of Roseau, about 10 miles south of the Canadian border, was hardest hit. Nearly every building in the town of 3,000 people was damaged by the Roseau River, which remained about 6 feet above flood stage Friday. Flooding was reported in 13 counties.
June 14, 2002 | From Reuters
ROSEAU, Minn. -- Exhausted residents were rescued from their flooded homes Thursday, and National Guard helicopters air-dropped sandbags to those still fighting record floods that inundated much of Roseau, authorities said. More than half of the 2,800 residents of the northwestern Minnesota town hard by the Canadian border boarded National Guard trucks to be evacuated, said Roseau Police Chief Ward Anderson.
Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), who is running for reelection this year in a tight race that could tip control of the Senate, disclosed Sunday that he has a mild form of multiple sclerosis but pledged to continue his bid for a third term. "Nothing's changed at all," Wellstone told reporters at his home in St. Paul, Minn. "I'm ready to go." Wellstone said he was diagnosed about a month ago with the chronic, sometimes disabling disease of the nervous system. It affects his lower right leg.
They say they love him, professionally, that he's a journalist's dream--a tongue-twisted, ham-handed, bottomless stein of stories. He says, in not so many words, that they are the bacteria on his Navy SEAL wetsuit and need to be blasted off with a high-pressure hose. Jesse Ventura and the Minnesota press corps, arm in arm again. It's difficult to tell precisely what initiated the latest row between the Minnesota governor and the reporters who cover him day to day.
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