Aug. 16, 1986
Minnesota Gov. Rudy Perpich (left) and St. Paul Mayor George Latimer draw numbers for the order of response in a debate Saturday at the KBJR-TV studios in Duluth. (Steve Stearns / News-Tribune)
Perpich went on to defeat Latimer in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor primary, then beat Independent-Republican challenger Cal Ludeman in November to win another term.
Perpich served as governor from 1976-1979, and again from 1983-1991. He died on Sept. 21, 1995, at age 67. St. Louis County Highway 4 – Rice Lake Road – is designated as Governor Rudy Perpich Memorial Drive.