Power & The New Establishment
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 Chris Kluwe Minnesota Vikings punter, activist. Few athletes have used their celebrity to argue as relentlessly against entrenched injustice—and with as much refreshing candor. His first sally in the same-sex marriage debate was a doozy, insisting that marriage equality wouldn’t turn straight men into “lustful cockmonsters.” Then, in opinion pieces, commercials, and even a bit of theater, Kluwe eviscerated the arguments of anti-equality advocates with humor and precision. For this, he wound up atop Salon.com’s brainy list of Sexiest Men of the Year.
 Mary Kiffmeyer State representative, current ALEC state chair. Voters rejected her push for photo ID. But don’t expect her to stop pushing.
 Norm Coleman Super-PAC leader. As chairman of the Congressional Leadership Fund, he met his goal: maintaining a GOP majority in the House of Representatives.
 Alida Messinger Philanthropist, Democratic donor. The Rockefeller heiress and ex-wife of Governor Dayton keeps campaigns aloft while supporting quality-of-life issues.
 Richard Carlbom Campaign manager for Minnesotans United. A proven politico even before the amendment debate, he was mayor of St. Joseph at age 23 and managed Congressman Tim Walz’s 2010 campaign.
 Garrison Keillor Showman. Also: author, bookstore proprietor, progressive pugilist, icon.
 Bernadeia Johnson Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. Pushed for “focused instruction” and teacher evaluations based partly on test scores.
 Janeé Harteau Minneapolis Police Chief. Building a proactive force focused on more than arrests.
 Stuart Ackerberg Developer. No one has transformed the Minneapolis landscape more than Ackerberg, from Uptown’s MoZaic building to the North Side’s West Broadway.
 David Shea Designer. The go-to guy for restaurants and retail has shaped entire avenues, from Hennepin’s Solera and Chambers hotel to Nicollet’s Dakota and JB Hudson.
 Susan Haigh Chair of the Metropolitan Council. Since ascending to the top of the Met Council in 2011, Haigh, who also heads the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, has used her leverage to prioritize light rail and affordable housing. Progress on the Central and Southwest Corridor lines—and plans for affordable housing surrounding them—suggest it’s working.
 Stanley S. Hubbard CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting Corporation. Has his hands in everything from KSTP to satellite TV to mufflers for private jets.
 Patricia Torres Ray State senator. The first Latino elected to the Minnesota Senate, in 2006, sits on several powerful committees. Her power of persuasion, as majority whip, led John Marty to tap her as his gubernatorial running mate in 2010.
 Peggy Lucas Co-founder of Brighton Development. The force behind the riverfront revival in Minneapolis.
 Joe Dowling Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theater. The Guthrie season sets the tone for civic dialogue—about race, class, history—like no other institution in town.
 Christine Morse CEO of the Margaret Cargill Foundation. Upon the death of Margaret Cargill, in 2006, her estate became the largest private foundation in Minnesota. Morse now directs $6 billion toward the arts, environment, animal welfare, etc.
 Alberto Monserrate CEO of LCN (Latino Communications Network). Few people understand immigration to the Twin Cities, particularly in the Latino community, like Monserrate. Arriving from Puerto Rico in 1984, he helped create a Spanish-language media empire, including La Prensa newspaper and two radio stations. Now he chairs the Minneapolis School Board.
 Jack Jablonski Role model. Paralyzed by a check to the back, the high-school hockey player touched off a national conversation about making the sport safer. More than 17,000 athletes have taken “Jack’s pledge” to play the game more safely.
 Tammy Aaberg Anti-bullying activist. The mother of a gay teenager who committed suicide, she’s pushed the Anoka-Hennepin school district to settle an unprecedented suit alleging a hostile environment and started Justin’s Gift, a nonprofit supporting gay youth.
 April Todd-Malmlov Director of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. Hard to think of a more fraught, or important, job right now.
 Sona Mehring CEO of CaringBridge. Her social network for sharing news about people with serious health issues has more than 300,000 personal sites and, in 2011, had more than 43 million visitors. With a growing list of powerful partners, including the AARP and Mayo Clinic, it’s become an essential part of how we live in America.
 Nancy Barnes Editor of the Star Tribune. Setting the news agenda for the state.
 Kaywin Feldman Director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. One blockbuster show after another, while positioning the MIA for sustainability.
 Olga Viso Director of the Walker Art Center. Unprecedented community outreach. Also: cat videos.
 Judy Dayton Philanthropist. You can hardly throw a painting in Minneapolis without hitting an arts venue supported by Dayton and her late husband, Ken. And as a charter member of the One Percent Club of über-philanthropists, she still writes some very big checks.