More coverage of last night's health care town hall meeting is coming in from First Distict media. The Rochester Post Bulletin reports in Capacity crowd at health care forum remains civil:
Hundreds of people traveled to Mankato from a wide swath of central and southern Minnesota for the forum -- so many that more than 200 never made it into the high school's auditorium because the maximum capacity was reached and law enforcement officials closed the doors.
Most people -- 700 or so -- did get inside.
Audience response was about equal on both sides of the Obama administration's reform ideas.
A companion piece, Worry drives people to Mankato health care forum, looks at the concerns that brought people to the meeting.
In a side note, an observant friend saw Minnesota Representative Randy Demmer leave last night's health care town hall with Rochester Tea Party organizer Cindy Maves, when the bus load of Tea Party members exited the auditorium. Apparently Maves and the other tea party riders were unable to hold their bus and driver in Mankato for the extended time Congressman Walz provided and so went home before the end of the town hall. Demmer traveled with this group.
Photo: Former Seator David Durenberger moderated the town hall meeting. Photo by Scott Jacobson, Post Bulletin.