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.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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