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After Deadline: Winona man ready to set sail for Alaska

Jim Hagedorn is a candidate for the 1st US Congressional of Minnesota seat currently held by Tim Walz in the upcoming election and was out visiting with people at the Olmsted County Fair on Wednesday afternoon July 23, 2014.

WINONA — Taff Roberts is on his way to yet another adventure.

The Winona man has traveled much of the world, often by sailboat. On Aug. 1, he will join four others on a 42-foot motorized sailboat to traverse the Northwest Passage from Baffin Island, Canada, to Nome, Alaska. It's a rugged, violent sea that can have ice floes even in August. In fact, he said ice is just now leaving the Baffin Bay area of Canada.

Part of the reason for the trip is to make a movie that will be shown at the Frozen River Film Festival next February in Winona and then at the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Colo.

The team has collected about half the $30,000 it needs, Roberts said.

You can follow the adventure at blog.mailasail.com/catryn .— John Weiss


'Rochester Cares'

"I've read this newspaper and I love it. It's probably one of the best in the country," said a recent caller to the Post-Bulletin newsroom.

"One thing I don't like is this ' Rah Rah Rochester .'"It sounds like a high school chant, the 80-something-year-old man said.

He wondered if maybe "Rochester Cares" might be a better mantra. — Jeff Hansel

Agree to disagree

On Wednesday night, Republican 1st District candidate Jim Hagedorn was making the rounds at the Olmsted County Fair, giving his pitch to voters. As I followed Hagedorn with a notepad, joined by a photographer, I couldn't help but notice we'd gotten the attention of the nearby DFL party booth. One of the volunteers, Aleta Borrud, began waving a sign in support of 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz.

Hagedorn noticed Borrud's enthusiastic display of support for Walz, along with her pro-health care reform T-shirt. But he didn't shy from her. Rather, he went right up to her and acknowledged the two were probably on opposite sides of the issue. They shook hands and engaged in some good-natured ribbing.— Heather J. Carlson

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