ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed today (Thursday, October 25, 2018) as “Wellstone Remembrance Day” in Minnesota.
The proclamaiton honors the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone 16 years after he was killed in a plane crash with his wife Sheila, his daughter Marcia, three close friends and aides, and two pilots.
The Governor’s proclamation highlights Senator Wellstone’s dedication to the people of Minnesota and the causes he believed in.
“Paul’s steadfast faith in Minnesotans allowed him to take principled positions because he knew they were right, and not because he thought they would be popular,” reads Governor Dayton’s proclamation. “Paul did so much to better our state, our country, and our world, and he would have done so much more if he had the chance. The special bond between Paul and those he represented was unbreakable until the end of his life, and beyond. That bond endures to this day, and will for many years to come.”
Paul and Sheila Wellstone were married for 33 years. She was his “Rock of Gibraltar,” his best friend, and his closest confidant. Sixteen years since they passed away, Minnesotans and other Americans still mourn Senator Wellstone’s loss – as a leader, a politician, and a friend.