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Mama mia! Here’s what that all-Italian ad said

An advertisement — all in Italian — ran in Sunday’s Star Tribune, urging Italian citizens in the area to vote in the Italian parliamentary elections later this month.

A spokesperson for the Italian consulate in Chicago said a recent election law change allows citizens outside the country to vote in the races, and it wanted to inform folks about the election. She did not have a firm count on Italian citizens in Minnesota, but estimated there might be a few thousand.

Coincidentally (I’m sure), in Sunday’s Pioneer Press, columnist Joe Soucheray wrote an open letter to the head of Italy’s Fiat car company, urging him to consider building those little Italian cars in the soon-to-be vacant Ford Motor Co. plant in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood.

If that would happen, there might be even more Italians here, eligible to vote.

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