Phone number to listen to campaign memories about this space:
People included on this phone line: Dan Cramer (campaign worker in 1990) and Terry Gydesen (photographer for the 1990 and 1996 campaigns).
Dan Cramer – about the office – wonderful mess:
Dan Cramer – day 1 audio clip:
Terry Gydesen – day 2 audio clip:
Additional audio clips will be added to this page after the live phones are taken offline.
I am delighted that we were able to base the Corey Dor office in what was half of the original 1990 office for Paul Wellstone’s first U.S. Senate campaign (thanks to the The Starling Project). Wellstone won the 1990 U.S. Senate race against Rudy Boschwitz; it was a race he was not initially expected to win and he did so through a huge and concerted grassroots effort. This particular shopfront was also home to the Minnesota Freeze anti-nuclear campaign in the early 1980s as well so it has a rich history as a campaign/cause space. When the Wellstone campaign started up in 2401 there were only a few volunteers working there, however once Wellstone attained the DFL party endorsement the campaign suddenly needed a lot more space in order to accomodate their needs (space for volunteers to collate mailers, yardsigns, calling areas). To achieve this they booked the space next door 2399 (now The Edge coffee shop) and literally knocked a hole through the wall and that at doubled the space in size.
Some of the aspects that I have tried to emphasize in my historical exploration of this space are elements of the architecture which has changed since 1990 (working from Terry Gydesen’s photographs). So the aforementioned, hole in the wall, is one and there is also used to be a window into the office which Wellstone used for calling. Evidence of these elements can still be seen if you look for them. I have included images of my explorations in the space below.
Other businesses which I have found in The Park Bugle which have occupied the 2399 and 2401 spaces over the years: