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DFL legislators call for bust of Paul Wellstone at state Capitol

A bill proposed by three DFL state Representatives would commission a bust of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone to be permanently displayed at the state Capitol.

The bill is sponsored by State Reps. Tom Rukavina of Virginia, Rick Hansen of South St. Paul, and Patti Fritz of Faribault.

Wellstone served nearly two terms in the U.S. Senate — from 1991 until he died in a plane crash near Eveleth just 11 days before the 2002 election.

Wellstone, his wife, daughter, three staffers and two pilots were on the way to the funeral of Rep. Rukavina's father, Mark, when the plane crashed.

Should the bill pass, Wellstone's head would become the 18th bust displayed in the Capitol, joining these state luminaries: (Not all the sculptors and dates are known.)

  • Edward Burdick
    Sculptor:  Paul Granlund
    Placed:  1989
    Location:  Immediately outside House Chamber
  • Chief Wabasha III
    Sculptor:  Joann Bird
    Placed:  1986
    Location:  First floor, east hall of outer rotunda
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
    Sculptor:  George Bassett
    Placed:  1986
    Location:  First floor, base of East Grand Stair
  • Sigurd Olson
    Sculptor:  George Bassett
    Placed:  1985
    Location:  First floor, north corridor
  • Chief Justice Warren Burger
    Sculptor:  Walker Hancock
    Placed:  1984
    Location:  Second floor, in entry area outside Supreme Court
  • Nicholas D. Coleman
    Sculptor:  Paul Granlund
    Placed:  1983
    Location:  First floor, base of West Grand Stair
  • Ignatius Donnelly
    Sculptor:  John Karl Daniels
    Placed:  1981
    Location:  First floor, north corridor
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    Sculptor:  George Bassett
    Placed:  1977
    Location:  First floor, base of West Grand Stair Inventory of Mall
  • Henry Hastings Sibley
    Sculptor:  Henry Dexter
    Placed:  1860
    Location:  First floor, north hall of outer rotunda
  • William Watts Folwell
    Location:  First floor, north corridor of outer rotunda
  • William Windom
    Location:  First floor, south hall of outer rotunda
  • Winfield Scott Hammond
    Location:  First floor, south hall of out rotunda
  • Cass Gilbert
    Location:  First floor, west hall of outer rotunda
  • Knute Nelson
    Location:  Senate Chamber, SW corner
  • Cushman K. Davis
    Sculptor:  I. G. Trentanove
    Location:  Senate Chamber, NE corner
  • Henry Mower Rice
    Sculptor:  Luella Varney
    Placed:  Sculpted in Rome in 1906
    Location:  Senate Chamber, NW corner
  • William Washburn
    Sculptor:  Franklin Simmons
    Placed:  Sculpted in Rome in 1906
    Location:  Senate Chamber, SE corner.

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Honor the man, statesman Paul Wellstone

What can one say but...it's about time to honor Paul Wellstone, a rare politician of integrity who left us too, too soon

Paul Wellstone is most relevant now, if only be it his image to remind us, at a time when integrity; quality of too many of our politicians are nothing to be proud of - and would-be candidates are too often a pathetic profile of ego and arrogance attempting to assimilate; trying to convince the voter of their non-existent credibility ?