Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures.
"It would be cool to have a woman president from Minnesota", said Cyrus Brave Heart, who turns 18 in March and is excited to vote in the next presidential election.
"I've always been taught that your true character shows in how you treat those with less power than you, especially behind closed doors", a former staffer told BuzzFeed News.
"We are exhausted of the shutdowns and the showdowns, of the gridlock and the grandstanding", Klobuchar told the crowd gathered at Boom Island Park on the Mississippi River, as snow gathered on her hair and shoulders.
A Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll conducted by Selzer & Company in December found that Klobuchar was largely unfamiliar to likely Iowa caucus-goers, with 54 per cent saying they didn't know enough about her to have an opinion, while 38 per cent had a favourable opinion and 8 per cent had an unfavourable opinion.
Klobuchar's husband, John Bessler, called them last week to give them the news.
Ms. Klobuchar has focussed her efforts on issues like antitrust oversight, agriculture and voter security.
In her announcement speech, Klobuchar said she wants to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord "on day one" of her prospective presidency, reversing one of Trump's most contentious decisions.
Nine months younger than Gabbard is the South Bend, Indiana, mayor who joined the race unveiling a resolutely future-looking and optimistic message to counter Trump's darker vision. After living with the orange rage of Trump, Klobuchar's "Minnesota-nice" persona is a welcome relief.
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"She's a very popular U.S. Senator who's really effective at passing legislation", Olson said Sunday.
Klobuchar, who easily won a third-term past year, is the most prominent candidate from the Midwest to enter the race.
After working as a lawyer in a private firm, she became chief prosecutor for Hennepin, Minnesota's most populous county, in 1998. The stories also cited aides who said they didn't have that experience. He touts her "Midwestern values" as an asset lacking in Washington D.C.
"I am running for every American", she said.
Across town at the Fillin' Station Coffee House, Lynn Rozen of Mankato also describes Klobuchar as relatable and honest.
She added: "But that sense of community is fracturing across our nation right now, worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics. That's the challenge Amy Klobuchar faces especially with Democratic activists in the primary", said Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic strategist based in Boston. "I love Amy, I love her policies".
Klobuchar has pointed to her broad appeal in her state. I think you need a certain kind of charisma to get people excited about voting for you; I don't feel like she's got that. She sees potential, and she gets to work.
While Klobuchar's vanilla public record doesn't fire up Democratic activists who support Harris or Sanders, it plays in the small towns and farm country of places like Clay County. According to FiveThirtyEight's congressional vote tracker, Klobuchar voted with Trump's interests 31% of the time since he took office.
The "Sno-buchar" event had a festive family feel.