The Minnesotans going to Obama's last State of the Union


A handful of Minnesotans have been invited by members of the state's delegation to attend President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday.

This is Obama's last major speech many Americans will watch him give, and the president is hoping to leave a good impression, NPR says in a story about the five things to look for.

The president is expected to lay out the ways Americans can come together in pursuit of a country worthy of generations to come, according to a White House news release. Obama will address the nation at 8 p.m.

You can watch it streaming live here.

Last year, a Minnesotan was Michelle Obama's guest at the speech, but that's not the case this year. Click here for a list of people the First Lady has invited to the State of the Union.

Here's a look at the Minnesotans who have been invited (alphabetical order):

Rep. Keith Ellison

Rep. Keith Ellison, who challenged other leaders to bring Muslims as their guests to the State of the Union, invited his son, Elijah Ellison. He is a Muslim-American and combat medic in the U.S. Army, the Huffington Post reports.

Rep. Tom Emmer

Dr. Daniel Bittman, the superintendent of Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools, will join Rep. Tom Emmer to the event, the St. Cloud Times says. Bittman was recently named the 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, a news release notes.

Sen. Al Franken

Abdirahman Kahin, who is the owner and CEO of Afro Deli and also a prominent member of the Twin Cities Muslim community, will be Sen. Al Franken's guest at Tuesday's address. Franken says Kahin is an "excellent example of how integral people of diverse faiths and backgrounds are to the prosperity of our state."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is bringing Dan Hill, a laid-off steelworker from United Taconite in Eveleth. Klobuchar has been working to fight foreign steel dumping that has undercut the industry in the United States, which she (and others) argue has led to thousands of layoffs on the Iron Range.

Rep. Erik Paulsen

Cayla Ebert, a University of Minnesota law student who graduated from Wayzata High School, will join Rep. Erik Paulsen at Tuesday's event, the Star Tribune says.

Rep. Collin Peterson

Rep. Collin Peterson won't be bringing a gust to the State of the Union Address. He donated his ticket to Rep. David Cicillin, of Rhode Island, who is bringing the parents of U.S. Army Special Forces 1st Sgt. P. Andrew McKenna Jr. – he was killed in Afghanistan last summer, a news release says.

Rep. Rick Nolan

Rep. Rick Nolan will be bringing his grandson, Carter Nolan, a fifth-grader from Pequot Lakes, the Star Tribune says.

Rep. Tim Walz

Rep. Tim Walz is bringing Jonathan Zierdt, the president and CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, to the State of the Union. Walz calls Zierdt a leader and commends his "incredible track record of growing our local economy and building coalitions," KEYC reports.

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