BEST DAD - 2000
Senator Rod Grams only did what any parent would do. Last July, when his troubled son Morgan had been missing for a few days with a borrowed rental car, the elder Grams placed a call to the Anoka County Sheriff's Department, asking for their help in tracking him down. When deputies caught up with Junior in a vehicle lousy with bags of marijuana and drained beer cans, they arrested one of the passengers, but gave Morgan Grams a ride home. The Star Tribune uncovered the story four months later; a subsequent investigation by Dakota County officials prompted the early retirement of Anoka's chief deputy, Peter Beberg. In the end, the younger Grams was fined and put on probation for the incident. And the Grams campaign, tough love and all, rolls on.