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Photo by Don Davis/ State Capitol Bureau U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar makes a point Monday, while Jeff Almer watches, during a discussion about food-born illnesses. Almer's mother, who owned Wadena Lanes, died after eating contaminated peanut butter.

Almer's son fights for safer food

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ST. PAUL - Jeff Almer wants his mother's death to mean something.

Shirley Almer, who owned Wadena Lanes, died Dec. 21 from salmonella poisoning blamed on contaminated peanut butter. It was the first of at least nine U.S. deaths, including three in Minnesota, attributed to the deadly organism from a Georgia peanut butter factory.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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