Rick Nolan: the MinnesotaBrown/KAXE interview

Today I feature an interview with Rick Nolan, DFL candidate for Congress in MN-8.

Nolan is a former Congressman from the Crosby area. In 1980 Nolan opted not to seek re-election and has since run a sawmill and international trading business.

This interview was conducted Jan. 18 at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm as part of a series that includes Nolan’s DFL opponents, Jeff Anderson and Tarryl Clark. Later in February I plan to interview the incumbent, Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN8).

The interviews are presented by this blog and KAXE-Northern Community Radio. Richie Johnson of Hibbing shot and edited the footage for us. An audio package is being prepared for KAXE to air sometime before the Feb. 7 precinct caucuses and the DFL nonbinding straw poll. You’ll be able to see the full video interviews on local public access television. We are working on a way to share excerpts from the interviews in other places as well.

Click here to see the interview.

The first segment of my interview with Rick Nolan covered his introduction, a discussion of job creation, the federal budget, taxes and health care reform.

The second segment of my interview with Nolan covered his positions on transportation and infrastructure issues, high speed internet, foreign policy and nonferrous mineral mining on the Iron Range.

The final segment of my interview with Nolan covered his approach to serving in highly partisan times after having left Congress in 1980 amid what he described then as excessive partisanship. We also talked about his long absence from politics and whether he’d abide by the DFL endorsement. He gives some closing thoughts.

For more on Rick Nolan, visit his website.

Thanks to Richie Johnson, Minnesota Discovery Center and KAXE for supporting this project.


  1. Rick Nolan – A classic, liberal ideolog..

  2. Oh forgot…Let’s see his tax return. If he tithes & pays more than he legally owes, he’s got my vote.

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