Home Away From Home

The Xcel Energy Center is all set up for a convention, but it may be little used if Hurricane Gustav hits the Gulf Coast full of force. This photo was taken from the table where Forum Communications reporters will watch the action — what there is of it. Minnesota delegates are at the bottom of…
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Silent St. Paul

Anyone familiar with downtown St. Paul may have been surprised by how eerily quiet the area around the Xcel Energy Center appeared today, the eve of the Republican National Convenion. Security officials used fencing and barricades to block off a large area around the arena, so major downtown streets usually bustling with traffic were void…
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Cheesy Goodies For Reporters

Journalists covering the Republican National Convention got more than just convention passes when they picked up their credentials Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Reporters were offered a canvas tote bag — advertising Coca-Cola and Southern Company — filled with convention-related goodies like a key chain, lanyard, party guide and umbrella. The bag also was…
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Protesting Begins

The Republican National Convention officially begins Monday, but protesters are beginning five days of presence in and around St. Paul this morning. A war protest will take place today. Organizers set on the Capitol’s south lawn boots representing Minnesota’s Iraqi war soldier deaths. There will be a similar but larger display on Tuesday of boots…
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Paul Fans To Be Heard

Republican Ron Paul, a Texas congressman, is not welcome at the Republican National Convention, but his supporters are in and near the Twin Cities in force. Paul, more of a maverick than John McCain, will hold his own convention in Minneapolis’ Target Center. Former Gov. Jesse Ventura will be a featured speaker. Just so people…
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