Minnesota congressional members have introduced bills to honor the late U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. The legislation would rename the Chisholm (CHIS’-uhm) Post Office and portions of Highways 35 and 61 in Oberstar’s memory. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, who now holds Oberstar’s seat, introduced the bipartisan bill. Minnesota Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison and Tim Walz signed on as sponsors.
Former U.S. senator Rod Grams, a popular TV anchorman who went on to become the most conservative politician ever elected to statewide office in Minnesota, has died. He was 65.
Former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams has entered hospice care following his April 2012 cancer diagnosis. Grams, 65, is in hospice with Stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. He’s at home in his east-central Minnesota town of Crown and said his cancer is too aggressive for chemotherapy.
U.S Senator Amy Klobuchar is being challenged by Republican Kurt Bills. But Larry Jacobs, political science professor, says if there were a poll taken today, most people wouldn’t be able to name her opponent.