The most surprising aspect of Chris Lapakko’s one-man protest on the lawn of the state Capitol is that it’s a one-man protest. Lapakko, 28, of South St. Paul, works in the Department of Public Safety’s driver and vehicle services division.
Of the 22,000 state workers thrown out of work by the government shutdown, he was the only one to pitch a tent on the Capitol lawn. Judging by the video he uploaded (Warning: Some obscenities), he didn’t spend the night, but he’ll be back by day.
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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