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Photos and video: Union volunteers help restore Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historic Site

David Wellstone, son of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila Wellstone, joined members and leaders from the Iron Range Building Trades on Friday, July 9, to help restore the Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historical Site in Eveleth.

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David Wellstone, left, assisted Aaron Wright, center, and Jason Odellawith securing the final of 10 replacement placards at the Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historical Site in Eveleth on Friday, July 9, 2021. David is the son of late Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila Wellstone. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)
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David Wellstone, left, secured the final of 10 placards in place at the Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historical Site in Eveleth on Friday, July 9, 2021. Also pictured are Aaron Wright, left-center, Jason Odella, right-center, and Mike Warner) Wright, Odella and Warner are part of a volunteer group with Iron Range Building Trades that helped restore the memorial and historic site. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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The Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historical Site in Eveleth was established through volunteer efforts following the death of Wellstone, his wife, Sheila, and six others in a plane crash Oct. 25, 2002. It features decorative memorial boulders along with placards that tell the story of Sen. Wellstone’s political legacy and devotion to northern Minnesota. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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David Wellstone, son of late Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila Wellstone, holds one of the former placards from the Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historical Site in Eveleth. On Friday, July 9, 2021, Wellstone helped a volunteer crew with replacing placards at the memorial site that have worn out. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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David Wellstone, left, spoke with members and leaders from the Iron Range Building Trades. The volunteer crew helped with replacing ten placards at the Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historical Site in Eveleth on Friday, July 9, 2021. Wellstone, as well as the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation, announced the establishment of a dedicated fund in collaboration with the Iron Range Tourism Bureau to maintain the historical placards at the site in the future. St. Louis County currently provides snow plowing and trail maintenance at the site. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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One of the replaced placards at the Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historical Site in Eveleth on Friday, July 9, 2021. The placards tell the story of Sen. Wellstone’s political legacy. Wellstone, his wife, Sheila, their daughter, Marcia, and five others died in a plane crash Oct. 25, 2002. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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Members and leaders from the Iron Range Building Trades joined David Wellstone, son of late Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila Wellstone, at a volunteer event to restore the Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historical Site on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Eveleth. Pictured from left are Mike Warner, Mike Syversrud, Aaron Wright, Wellstone, Jake Ridlon and Jason Odella. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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Dan Williamson joined the Duluth News Tribune in June 2021 where he's involved in digital content such as video, photos and podcasts. Previously, he worked in television broadcasting as a Sports Director/Anchor at WDIO-TV in Duluth, Sports Director/Anchor in Bismarck, N.D., News and Sports Anchor at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, and Reporter/Photographer/Editor with the syndicated show "Life to the Max" in Eden Prairie. He was also the Development Director for the Duluth Salvation Army. Williamson grew up in Alexandria, graduated from St. Cloud State University and has lived in Duluth since 2012.
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