Ten years ago on October 25th, the ill-fated plane carrying Paul Wellstone, his wife, daughter and three members of his campaign crashed near Eveleth Minnesota. Wellstone was one of those guys who had sincerity and devotion to others written all over his person and persona. I had the privilege to interview him several times during my work as an editorial page associate with the Duluth News Tribune
and we were awaiting another interview session the day he died. It never happened and we all mourned the loss of Wellstone and the others. I wrote a piece for the Duluth News Tribune
that appeared the next day. It was reprinted in my book, Cooler Near the Lake
, and in this blog two years ago at the eighth anniversary of his death. Appropriately, the title of that writing hits on the big shoes that are–and have been–hard to fill since Wellstone's death. The essay is linked HERE
for you to review and reflect on Wellstone's legacy. Also check out Wellstone.org
for more information about the man and his legacy.
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