November 2, 2018 - On the 20th anniversary of his surprise win in the Minnesota governor’s race in 1998, former Governor Jesse Ventura sits down with MPR’s Tom Crann to reflect on his time in office. Ventura discusses his legacy, accomplishments, frustrations, and mistakes in the political arena.
July 15, 2008 - After months of stoking speculation, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura finally put it to rest last night. He will not run for U.S. Senate this year. He made the announcement on CNN's Larry King Live. Minnesota Public Radio's Curtis Gilbert invited three voters to watch the announcement together, and recorded their reactions.
May 15, 2008 - MPR’s Mark Zdechlik reports that former Governor Jesse Ventura said he's serious about a possible run for U.S. Senate, and he had harsh words for some of the other candidates already in the race. Comments were made when Ventura broke his boycott of the Minnesota broadcast media, appearing on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program to talk about his latest book.
March 14, 2008 - MPR News analyzed the governor's campaign travel, his public events schedule and press accounts and found that he's been out of the state all or part of the day at least 25 times between January 1st and March 12th, 2008.
January 3, 2008 - A spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency confirms that agents met with then-Governor Jesse Ventura in 1999. But former Minnesota Senator Dave Durenberger, who spent eight years on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says Ventura's account is hard to believe.
January 3, 2003 - MPR's Michael Khoo reports on what is likely to be Governor Jesse Ventura’s last news conference as Minnesota's chief executive. Ventura has had a sometimes difficult relationship with the reporters who cover him, and although event was cordial, it was in many ways characteristic of previous appearances before the men and women he knew as "jackals."
December 17, 2002 - MPR’s Laura McCallum examines Governor Jesse Ventura’s legacy, taking a look at taxes, state budget, education, light rail, deficit, and judiciary.
December 16, 2002 - MPR’s Michael Khoo presents highlights of four years with Governor Jesse Ventura, and Minnesota's brief experiment with three-party government.
June 18, 2002 - Jesse Ventura, announces on the show he won't run again for governor.
June 7, 2002 - MPR’s Michael Khoo reports that Governor Jesse Ventura departs for a week-long trade mission to China. Roughly 100 government and business leaders will join Ventura to help promote Minnesota products and services in the world's most populous country.