FROM THE ARCHIVE
Thousands remember Sen. Wellstone
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2002

A public memorial service was held Tuesday night for the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota), who died in an October 25 plane crash that also killed his wife, daughter and five others.

More than 20,000 turned out for the service, according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Wellstone was remembered as an advocate for the poor, women and minorities.

The Star Tribune also reported that representatives of the Minnesota's 11 tribes attended. Thunder Nation, a drum group, performed for Wellstone, who was a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

News accounts reported loud cheers for the Clintons and other Democrats but scattered boos for Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.). Former vice president Walter Mondale, who is expected to join the race today as Wellstone's replacement, received the loudest applause, according to the reports.

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More than 20,000 honor Wellstone (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 10/30)
Mondale acknowledges crowd's approval, then lays low (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 10/30)
'Near and dear' (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 10/30
For Wellstone, Cheers and Tears (The Washington Post 10/30
Wellstone memorial becomes political (The Washington Times 10/30
Wellstone Memorial Takes on Spirit of Rally (The New York Times 10/30
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