Wednesday, November 19, 2008 By Aaron Brown
Begich is the nephew of former State Rep. and current Iron Range Resources citizen board member Joe Begich (DFL-Eveleth). Begich's father Nick, who was originally from the Iron Range, was Alaska's last Democratic Congressman, who died in a plane crash with the Speaker of the House Hale Boggs. Alaska is a strange state, politically speaking, and you should read about this unresolved story if you've never heard it. Nick Begich was one of many Minnesotans who flocked to the pioneer country of Alaska in the '50s, '60s and beyond, giving Sarah Palin the accent we all got to know during the last election.
Meantime, our U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's dad Jim is from the Iron Range, where her grandfather worked the underground mines on the Vermilion Range. This means the Iron Range is just 98 seats away from total domination of the U.S. Senate.
I talked about this on KAXE this morning with Scott Hall. Go to the "KAXE Live" button and listen to the last part of the 6:30-6:45 a.m. section and the first part of the 6:45-7 a.m. section. for Nov. 19.
UPDATE: The Mesabi Daily News talked to Joe Begich about his nephew's election to the Senate.