Minnesotans to attend Obama's State of the Union address

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A number of Minnesotans will be in the crowd as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech tonight. It will be Obama’s fifth State of the Union address.

Each member of Congress may bring one guest to the House gallery during the speech and the sometimes invite people from their home state to be guests in the U.S. House Chamber.

The Southwest Minneapolis Patch reports that Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. has invited Sami Rahamim, a St Louis Park High School student and the son of slain Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamin, to join him. Reuven Rahamim, 61, died Sept. 27 when an employee who had just been fired took out a gun and shot Rahamim and other Accent employees.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports that Central Lakes College President Larry Lundblad will be the guest of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. A statement from Franken’s office on Monday identified Lundblad as a leader in Minnesota for fostering partnerships between business and education designed to make sure workers have the right training and skills.

The St Cloud Times reports that St. Cloud State University President Earl H. Potter III will be the guest of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The invitation comes as Klobuchar pushes a bill to make it easier for international students who attend American universities to get work visas. St. Cloud State has 1,300 international students among its 16,400 students.

The Star Tribune reported a Minneapolis woman will also be in attendance at the president’s speech, joining first lady Michelle Obama. Abby Schanfield was born with toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease. She says without the Affordable Care Act, she’d have little chance of buying medical insurance on her own.

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