Can the Iron Range still make a stand?

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 11, 2012 - 5:16 PM

That's the question in this week's Eighth District DFL primary.

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strat1954Aug. 11, 1210:43 PM

A good article. One thing, I think, that is overlooked, is the closing of pressboard plants in Grand Rapids, Cook, Bemidji, and Cloquet. It is starting to look a bit like a ghostown up here.

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seaclearAug. 12, 1212:02 AM

Entitlement mentality is being challanged by a lot of folks here in the Iron Range. It seems like the Democrats want to push budgets without a planned revenue source. Be interesting where it ends up....

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northhillAug. 12, 12 7:49 AM

The voters of Minnesota have great skill in rejecting DFL endorsed candidates.Much of it was due to Iron Range politics.We saw it in 1966 when Sandy Keith tried to dump Karl Rolvaag.The Range went for Rolvaag in the DFL primary.They supported Bob Short in the US Senate race against Don Fraser in 1978 and Short won the primary.They supported Perpich over Spannus in 1982.Perpich did not seek the DFL endorsement.Mark Dayton learned from Perpich not to seek the DFL endorsement and go directly to the voters.Candidates should be chosen in a primary not an endorsing convention where special intersets dominate.The Range will choose in the August primary who will represent their best interests not party rhetoric for either party.

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roymercerAug. 12, 12 8:35 AM

The Range will really drift into obscurity once Clarke gets nominated. Rukavina saw this coming. That's why he stepped down.

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fwallenAug. 12, 12 8:41 AM

I live on the Range and it is amusing to me that people elect, and re-elect people like Oberstar and the demogog Rukavina, and then complain about thirty years of decline. Oberstar was chair and ranking member of the transportation committee. And we have some of the worst roads in the state. Grand Rapids has a beautiful airport terminal, but no air service. So keep voting for whoever the DFL nominates so you can keep complaining.

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fwallenAug. 12, 12 8:47 AM

Grand Rapids and Bemidgi hardly look like ghost towns. Both have diversified over the years. Both are regional centers for commerce, education, and healthcare. Both are great places to live with clean air, water, and room to roam. And it doesn't take 45 minutes and 3 gallons of gas to get to work.

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spicebearAug. 12, 12 9:23 AM

For the DFL 8th primary, in this case anyway, Jeff Anderson MAY have an advantage in that he is known and respected in Duluth as well as the Range. For the general election... The growth has been to south of the district but St. Louis and Itasca Counties alone still have close to 1/2 the population of the district. That population is older on average than the southern counties and has a very high voter participation rate. Many would argue that Cravaak won his seat not because he HAD the southern votes, but because Oberstar did NOT have enough of the northern vote. We'll see!

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phylliskAug. 12, 12 9:42 AM

The 2010 election did not show a huge increased turnout of Republicans compared to DFLers but an enormous decline in D voters from 2008. Check thecomparativenumbers in BIll Hiltys district.

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northdudeAug. 12, 1210:59 AM

Oberstar lost because the DFLers in the North failed to turn out for him, there was an enthusiasm gap... My call in the primary: Jeff Anderson. The general election may be too close to call but it WILL be interesting!

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dupontedwardAug. 12, 12 4:21 PM

The author suggests that the DFL and unions have lost some of their appeal to voters on the Range (where I grew up) largely because the unions have already solved the most important problems for workers. She neglects to mention that union intransigence has led to the closing of many mines and badly damaged the economy of the Iron Range. Blue-collar workers aren't stupid; liberals just think they are.

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