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1960s flashback: What Sen. Gaylord Nelson forgot to tell Walter Mondale

Tia Nelson, the daughter of the late Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, told a crowd of environmental journalists Wednesday night in Madison that it was her father who persuaded Minnesota Sen. Walter Mondale to co-sponsor the 1968 legislation that made the St. Croix River a wild and scenic waterway.

There were people against the bill, Nelson admitted to Mondale. “But Fritz said Papa failed to tell him that all the opposition was on the Minnesota side of the river,” said Nelson, who is Wisconsin’s executive secretary of the Board of Commissioners for Public Lands.

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