Minnesota leaders of both parties honor George HW Bush

The 41st president of the United States died Friday.
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Minnesotans are remembering the life and accomplishments of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

Tributes poured in on social media Friday night and Saturday morning, with Minnesota political leaders – of both parties – paying their respects to the late commander-in-chief. 

"He treated both friends and rivals with grace and dignity and viewed the world through the lens of history," Democrat Amy Klobuchar, Minnoesta's senior U.S. senator, wrote on Twitter. "America has lost a true leader."

Hers was one of a number of tweets from the state's elected leaders:

Bush's Minnesota story

The late president's service to his country began in 1944, when he became one of the youngest naval aviators in World War II and went on to have a distinguished combat career.

It was a story that started in Minnesota, where Bush received flight training before heading off to war, according to the Wings of the North (WOTN) Air Museum.

The museum described the training as "intense," saying it served him well "when he flew 58 combat missions, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals" among other honors.

By the way, you can see one of the planes he trained with in Minnesota – a Boeing Stearman biplane – at WOTN, which is in Eden Prairie: 

Electorally speaking, Bush wasn't quite as successful in Minnesota; he lost the state to Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D) in 1988 (but of course won the presidency anyway, though he only served one term).

Bush's death comes seven months after his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, passed away. 

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