The resignation of Fidel Castro as president of Cuba prompts us to recall one of the more intriguing moments in Minnesota politics — when Jesse Ventura met Castro.
It wasn’t on a big diplomatic stage, but a not-quite-by-chance meeting when Ventura led a trade delegation to Havana to try to whip up some business for Minnesota farmers
“For his age, he looks in pretty good physical shape. And if our policy is is we’re going to wait until he’s gone, I would say we may be waiting a long time,” Ventura said at the time.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts where he was vice president of programming for Berkshire Broadcasting Company. Previously, he was an editor at the RKO Radio network in New York, and WHDH Radio in Boston. He was the founder of MPR News’ website.