Minnesota News Roundup: 9-11 rememberances throughout stateMinnesota News
-- Flags fly at half-staff across Minnesota today (TUES) on this eleventh anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks where thousands were killed, including four people with strong Minnesota ties.
Flags fly at half-staff across Minnesota today (TUES) on this eleventh anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks where thousands were killed, including four people with strong Minnesota ties. Among the rememberances this 9-11: a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Tom Burnett Junior of Bloomington was one of the passengers killed after terrorists hijacked the plane. In New York City, bells toll as services throughout the day remember the thousands who died when the Twin Towers fell. Among them: Gordy Aamoth Junior from Hopkins, an investment banker working on the 10th floor of the south tower -- Charles Burlingame, a St. Paul native who was piloting the plane that the hijackers crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center -- and Minnesota-native Gary Koecheler, who worked as a government bond trader on the 84th floor of the south tower.
The command sergeant major of the 34th Infantry Division Headquarters believes America is safer now than it was before 9-11. C-S-M Doug Wortham says the attacks on our soil made us aware that there are enemies who want to take away our freedoms and liberties. Wortham says the Minnesota National Guard has lost 18 soldiers and airmen in the two wars since 9-11 and we should think of them and their families today. He says he remembers working at the Litchfield Armory when the planes hit the World Trade Center Towers 11 years ago.
A new poll shows the president with a decided advantage over his challenger among Minnesota voters. The KSTP/Survey U-S-A Poll gives Democrat Barack Obama a 50- to 40-percent advantage over Republican Mitt Romney, with 10-percent undecided or voting for someone else. That's a wider gap than back in July. However, southern Minnesotans surveyed picked Romney over Obama by a 47- to 39-percent margin.
The latest Survey-U-S-A poll shows Minnesotans in favor of the marriage amendment by 50- to 43-percent. Eight-percent are still undecided. The amendment would define marriage as between a man and a woman. Those numbers are still fairly close but the current take on Voter I-D is not. The newest Survey-U-S-A Poll shows 62-percent of Minnesotans support a show of identification when they go to the polls, with just 31-percent against it. Election Day is less than two-months from now.