Through RNC commotion, Mickey's Dining Car continues serving

Tear gas
Police tear gas protesters in the streets outside the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention.
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The neon facade of Mickey's Diner was the backdrop to one of the iconic photographs from this Republican convention. A police officer sits atop the dining car restaurant as tear gas billows out from canisters separating police from protesters on 7th Street.

Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann talked with dining car owner Melissa Mattson to find out more about that moment and others during an unusual week.