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Near Eveleth in St. Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historic Site

 
 
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By Keith L, September 27, 2007
1. Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historic Site Marker
Inscription. “Politics is not just about power and money games, politics is about the improvement of peoples lives, about lessening human suffering in our world and bringing about more peace and justice.”

Near this site on October 25, 2002—twelve days before Election Day—a plane carrying United States Senator Paul Wellstone crashed en route to the Eveleth airport. In addition to Wellstone, the crash took the lives of his wife Sheila Wellstone, their daughter Marcia Wellstone Markuson, and three campaign staff members, Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy, and Will McLaughlin. The plane's pilots, Michael Guess and Richard Conry, were also killed.

Paul Wellstone served Minnesota in the U.S. Senate for twelve years, and was a teacher and activist for more than thirty. Wellstone was a populist Democrat who balanced his forceful advocacy for social and economic justice with a sense of humor and joy for politics. A fiery orator, he enlivened crowds with his passionate speeches. As an accomplished legislator, he formed alliances across the political spectrum.

Paul Wellstone loved Minnesota, and especially the Iron Range, where he began his first Senate campaign in 1989. The Range’s history of progressive politics and its working-class character fit Wellstone perfectly. He often referred to the Range
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By Keith L, September 27, 2007
2. Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historic Site Marker
as “my second home.”

This six-acre site is a tribute to Senator Wellstone’s life and career, and to the lives of his family and staff who died in the crash. It is divided into three parts: the Legacy Trail, the Commemorative Circle, and the Crash Site Narrative Space.

This site was kept largely undisturbed. All rock used on site is more than two billion years old, and was originally mined by steelworkers at the old Erie Taconite mine near here. St. Louis County donated the land. Minnesota sculptor Phil Rickey teamed with St. Paul Landscape Architects, Sanders Wacker Bergly, Inc. to design the site, and with Terra Ferma Development in Iron, Minnesota for the construction. LeAnn Littlewolf from Duluth wrote the poem in the entry plaza. Hundreds of generous donors to the Wellstone Action Fund made it all possible.
 
Location. 47° 24.2′ N, 92° 27.513′ W. Marker is near Eveleth, Minnesota, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Bodas Road (County Road 95) 0.2 miles east of Scout Camp Road (County Road 536), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is 3 miles east of U.S. Highway 53. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7365 Bodas Road, Eveleth MN 55734, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker
Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
3. Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historic Site
, measured as the crow flies. John Mariucci (approx. 5.7 miles away); A Three-Way Continental Divide (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
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Entry Plaza Poem image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
4. Entry Plaza Poem
As the rescue crews // were approaching the // crash site, eagles were // sighted soaring above... • The eagles circle // In a ceremony // To guide their kind friends home. // Though our time here is brief, // An ancient truth circles with the eagles: // That spirits never die. • They stay alive // In love, in hope, // In eagles' wings touching the sky, // In people extending hands to one another // To circle like an eagle // And bring everyone home. • —LeAnn Littlewolf
Paul and Sheila Wellstone Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
5. Paul and Sheila Wellstone Memorial
Marcia Wellstone Markuson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
6. Marcia Wellstone Markuson Memorial
Tom Lapic Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
7. Tom Lapic Memorial
Mary McEvoy Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
8. Mary McEvoy Memorial
William McLaughlin Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
9. William McLaughlin Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 5,426 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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