Photos of Paul Wellstone in the Northland

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, marks the 10th anniversary of the plane crash near Eveleth that took the life of U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), his wife Sheila, and six others. Read the News Tribune’s coverage of the anniversary here.

Here’s a selection of News Tribune file photos from Wellstone’s many trips to the Northland, leading up to his election to the Senate in 1990 and in the years that followed:

Democrat Paul Wellstone ratchets up his U.S. Senate campaign against incumbent Republican Rudy Boschwitz during a stop at the Duluth Labor Temple on June 9, 1989. (John Rott / News-Tribune)


Senator-elect Paul Wellstone reacts to the approval of the crowd during a standing-room-only town hall meeting at the Marshall School cafeteria in Duluth on Dec. 5, 1990. (Steve Stearns / News-Tribune)


As Sen. Paul Wellstone jokes with locals at Maggie’s, a popular restaurant in Nashwauk, on April 5, 1991, owner Margaret Breuling looks on and smiles. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone greets people who gathered for the opening of his office in Virginia, Minn., on April 5, 1991. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., speaks at a rally at the Duluth Labor Temple on London Road on April 13, 1991. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone answers questions from the audience during a meeting about health-care issues on Feb. 13, 1992, at Duluth Central High School. (Clara Wu / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone addresses DFL delegates from across Minnesota on June 5, 1992, the first day of the state DFL convention at the DECC, Interpreting was Kim Olson of Minneapolis. (Bob King / News-Tribune)


Marilyn Pribyl of Chaska and Terry Selle of Bloomington listen as Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., pauses to chat with them during a stop at Grandma’s Restaurant in Duluth on Jan. 15, 1994. (Steve Stearns / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone addresses a gathering of people in low-income situations during a news conference Nov. 21, 1995, at Emerson School in Duluth. The event was held to bring attention to the plight of low-income people in need of housing assistance. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune)


Aimee McIntyre (left) and Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., share a laugh during a rally for Wellstone at the Federal Building in Duluth on July 1, 1996. Supporters wore shirts with red targets and the words: “Proud to be a Republican Target.” (Kathy Strauss / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone speaks to the crowd gathered at a rally at the DECC’s Pioneer Hall in Duluth on the morning of Oct. 23, 1996, as Vice President Al Gore applauds in the background. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune)


U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone answers a question from a student in the audience during the Democracy in Action forum April 9, 1999, at the College of St. Scholastica. More than 600 students from the three high schools in Duluth attended the forum, which gave them an opportunity to challenge and ask questions of elected officals. Listening to Wellstone on stage are state Sen. Sam Solon and Duluth Mayor Gary Doty. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone speaks to a crowd of about 100 gathered Sunday at the entrance of ME International in Duluth on Oct. 31, 1999. Wellstone voiced his support of the United Steelworkers of America Local 1028 strike that has been in effect since August. (Renee Knoeber / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone visits Denfeld High School in Duluth on Nov. 16, 2000. (Rick Scibelli / News-Tribune)


Sen. Paul Wellstone meets with a full auditorium of Denfeld High School students on Nov. 16, 2000, at the school. Wellstone took questions and comments from students regarding the recent election and the issues surrounding it. (Rick Scibelli / News-Tribune)


U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone greets members of the Duluth Denfeld singing groups Solid Gold and Steppin’ Up on Nov. 16, 2000, during a visit to the school. Wellstone engaged the students in a town hall-style meeting, discussing the previous week’s presidential election. (Rick Scibelli / News-Tribune)


Sens. Paul Wellstone and Mark Dayton talk in Superior on March 9, 2001, with employees of Partridge River Inc., the company whose Hoyt Lakes plant was destroyed by fire earlier that month. The meeting took place at Partridge River’s Superior facility. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)


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Chisholm wins state hoops title, 1991

March 1991

Chisholm boys basketball players (back to front, left to right) Joel McDonald, Ted Krize, Mike Rupar, David LaCoe, Joe Amic and Brian Thompson, with their coach, Bob McDonald, are state tourney-bound. Photo taken March 19, 1991. (Steve Stearns / News-Tribune)

The state tourney-bound Chisholm Bluestreaks pictured above went on to become the state champion Chisholm Bluestreaks that season. Here is the News Tribune story about the Class A state title game, held on March 23, 1991:


By Kevin Kotz, News-Tribune staff writer

Chisholm’s mission is complete.

Bluestreaks boys basketball coach Bob McDonald prides himself as being as stoic as the Ironworld miner statue in his town. Tears welled in the eyes of the Chisholm tin man, though, as he watched the final seconds tick off the St. Paul Civic Center scoreboard Saturday.

The Bluestreaks lived up to the expectations of their coach and fans by bringing home the Minnesota Class A championship. Chisholm defeated Westbrook-Walnut Grove 77-61 in the title game before 9,585 fans.

“For some reason, I felt this was preordained — I woke up this morning with a feeling that we still could lose, but I sensed that we would be on top when everything was over,” said McDonald. “This is sheer ecstasy. It was a great feeling to win in 1973 and ’75, but nothing compares to this.

“In ’73 we came in as unknowns, so we really didn’t know how to react to winning it. In ’75 everyone expected us to win it, so the feeling wasn’t the same. This is the fulfillment of all the frustrations of losing in the tournament in ’81 and ’82 and not making it last year.”

The Bluestreaks, who trailed by as many as eight points in the first half, saved their best effort for the fourth quarter. …

Clinging to a 56-54 lead with 6:21 to play, Chisholm took off on a 14-0 run, with senior Ted Krize scoring eight of his 24 points. …

Chisholm guard Joel McDonald finished with a game-high 30 points and closed the book on the state’s most prolific scorer. The 6-foot-4 senior guard completed his high school career with 3,282 points. …

“I think what makes this even more special for me is that it was my last son’s last game,” Bob McDonald said. “There’s been a lot of pressure on Joel this year with all of the records and everything. I was afraid to talk to him. It’s been a pretty silent household, but now I can finally talk to him like a father should.”

Coach McDonald turned to Joel and said, “Son, you did a great job, and I think you’re a wonderful person.”

Chisholm’s Scott Ciochetto (14), Dave LaCoe (20) and Mark Olson celebrate the Bluestreaks’ high school boys basketball Class A state title on March 23, 1991. Chisholm beat Westbrook-Walnut Grove in the title game at the St. Paul Civic Center. (Clara Wu / News-Tribune)


No other Northland high school basketball team has won a state title since the 1991 Chisholm boys team; Chisholm is also the last Northland girls basketball team to win a state title, in 1984. Bob McDonald continues to coach the Bluestreaks — he’s now in his 48th season at Chisholm, 54th overall — and earned his 900th career win earlier this year. Joel McDonald — whose state scoring record has since been surpassed — is now the boys basketball coach at Hibbing.