Wellstone Remembered at Crash Site 10 Years Later
The late Sen. Paul Wellstone and those who died with him in a plane crash 10 years ago were remembered near Eveleth on Thursday. Nearly 200 people attended the service. They left flowers and said prayers at the memorial site. They also listened to stories and memories of the man who had such an impact on the region.
Wellstone, a liberal Democrat and former college professor, had been running for a third term when he died 12 days before the 2002 election.
The crash also killed his wife, Sheila Wellstone, their daughter, Marcia Wellstone Markuson, campaign staffers Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy and Will McLaughlin and two pilots.
The event at the Wellstone Memorial and Historic Site near Eveleth was hosted by Wellstone Action, the nation's largest training center for progressives. The group was founded by Wellstone's sons, David and Mark.
KSTP political reporter Tom Hauser recently spoke with David. He's written a book called "Becoming Wellstone". It is about his ordeal in coping with the crash that killed his dad, his mom and his sister.
Click here to watch the interview.
Wellstone Action also plans to honor the late senator in Washington in late November.
The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.