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Objects in Mirror: June 4, 2008 Archive

Morning after armchair politics

Posted at 7:45 AM on June 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Only getting the morning after buzz today?

We have primary night speeches from Hillary Clinton, as well as presumptive nominees John McCain and Barack Obama. Have a listen and make your own decisions.

What was it like away from the mic? Bob Collins of News Cut showed us the line and opened the floor for discussion. Kate Roche shared her take and even found herself in our photos:

"Thanks for posting this! I left work early tonight to be a part of the Obama rally. I arrived downtown at 6:15 and got in line. Boy, did I! I had no idea what was in store. I walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked. The line snaked throughout the entire downtown area and into Lowertown. I think the greatest thing about this experience was chatting with the people around me. Thousands of strangers walked together and it was moving to see such diversity! We all smiled and laughed and made jokes along the way. Most of us didn't believe that we would eventually get in, but we stayed in line together to just be a part of it. I'm sorry to report that I got within 5 feet of the front door of the Xcel center when the doors finally closed. Heartbreaking! I stood in front of the Jumbotron screen on the corner of Kellogg and West 7th and watched Obama's speech from there. The people left outside of the Xcel center (thousands of us!) cheered and clapped; happy to be there. I found myself in one of the photographs from this story and I'm thrilled to have some kind of record of my experience. Thanks again!"

Join the comments or tell the MPR Newsroom about your experience.

What's next? Armchair politics. Join our online discussion to debrief or debate last night's impact on the election.

Does the Hwy 43 bridge closing affect you or your business?

Posted at 1:33 PM on June 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

This is your chance to help MPR cover the story. From Public Insight Journalism:

MnDOT closed Winona's Hwy 43 bridge last night in response to corroded gusset plates that inspectors observed on the bridge this week. The bridge will be closed indefinitely as officials determine what to do, and likely, make repairs. In the meanwhile, people will have to travel 30 miles up or down river to Wabasha or LaCrescent to cross the Mississippi River.

Aside from the hassle of adding this 60-mile detour to your commute, how is the bridge closing affecting you or your business?

Share your experience.

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