Minnesotans react to Osama bin Laden's death

6:36 AM, May 2, 2011   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- The moment President Barack Obama announced the death of 911 mastermind Osama bin Laden will be etched in the minds of millions of Americans.

"I think this is one of those moments people will talk about where they were," Tony Simmons said as he was glued to the President's late night speech Sunday.

"I'd pretty much completely forgotten about it and I never imagined this day happening," Laura Meloy said a few stools down.

"We've all been waiting nine years for this. Too many people died for it. I've got friends over in Pakistan right now," bar manager Jason Rackner remarked.

Reaction was the same at the VFW in Bloomington an hour before closing time. "I think as a country we definitely needed it. I think we needed some closure," Chris Foster said. Foster, a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War, hoped the stunning news would remind the American public about the soldiers still in the Middle East.

"Everyday, do we think about it? Now all of the sudden it surprised everybody. It's like oh yes, oh my gosh, I almost forgot about him; forgot that we were still there," Foster said.

A few miles north, in Downtown Minneapolis, Al Harvey was busy, getting the print edition of the Star Tribune newspaper ready for the masses, who would no doubt, be hungry for more information. "We haven't added a press for as long as I can remember; for something this big, so this is pretty huge," he explained.

They would print an extra 30,000 copies of this edition, which featured a large and bold headline "BIN LADEN is DEAD." "That's as big as I've ever seen (a headline) on a newspaper," Harvey said.

"In 20 years of doing it, you have a few headlines that really stand out. This is definitely one of them," pressman Steve Marthaler said as he ran the folder. There was a sense of pride that workers could feel, that went beyond the printed word.

Back at Bunny's Bar, Tony Simmons struggled to find the words. Simmons is a New York City native. "It didn't even dawn on me that this might be it. It's a moment of a lot of reflection and sadness, but again, ultimately, it's about justice."

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