DULUTH — The major party candidates in the race for the 8th Congressional District met on Friday, Oct. 26, for a radio debate, and for nearly an hour it got as tempestuous between the candidates as any point to date. It was Republican Pete Stauber and Democrat Joe Radinovich arguing and needing to be corralled by moderator Mike Mulcahy of Minnesota Public Radio.
DULUTH — Consider for a moment the possibilities that a majority of people in the 8th Congressional District 1) don't approve of government-run health care, and 2) support the policies of President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. For some, these might be hard claims to reconcile and they might dispute the information, or at least vote the other way. Others might wholeheartedly agree and say so at polls Nov. 6.
DULUTH — Despite a state opinion suggesting otherwise, St. Louis County said Wednesday, Oct. 17, it will not release the contents of campaign correspondence found in Pete Stauber's county email account. Citing state statute, the county denied on Wednesday a new round of public records requests asking to see Stauber's email correspondence with the National Republican Congressional Committee, a large Washington, D.C.-based political action group. The county continues to argue that the correspondence is between Stauber and an individual.
DULUTH—A state data practices opinion on Tuesday, Oct. 16, said campaign correspondence found in Pete Stauber's county email account ought to be reviewable by the public. "Correspondence between elected officials and organizations is not meant to be classified as private," the Minnesota Department of Administration said in a three-page memo leading up to its opinion.
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.