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The Impact of Leaders and Friends: From Paul Wellstone to Frank Moe to Mark Morrissey

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Mark Morrissey is running for Beltrami County Commissioner in District 1

Last week was the 20th anniversary of Paul Wellstone's tragic death in a plane crash in Eveleth, MN. Senator Paul Wellstone had a huge impact on the state of MN and beyond. Not just in his political career, but in his commitment to public service in general.


Wellstone inspired many people to become leaders themselves - including former MN Legislator from Bemidji - Frank Moe. Frank had been a student of Wellstone's, and he took the loss of his mentor as a sign to do something himself. In this interview with Frank's good friend Mark Morrissey, we hear a reflection on those days of running for office after the sudden loss of Wellstone. We also hear from Mark how the memories - good and sad - led him to run for Beltrami Commissioner this election - Especially after the loss of Frank to brain cancer early last year. Mark is drawn to County Commissioner - a nonpartisan position - and describes himself as a supporter of clean water and clean politics.

November 8th, 2022 is election day. Find your polling station and sample ballots here.

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Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.