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Forum News Service, Published April 09 2014

8th District Republicans to meet in Park Rapids

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - Republicans from the 8th Congressional District will meet Saturday morning in Park Rapids to endorse Stewart Mills as the candidate to take on U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in this fall’s election.

District chairman Ted Lovdahl of Effie said that along with the Mills endorsement, a number of resolutions will be discussed. Speeches will be made by candidates for governor and other state positions. Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Isanti County is also scheduled to speak.

Lovdahl said county party leaders in the district are asked to submit requests to host the convention, and this year it was Hubbard County’s turn. It’s as far west as you can get in a district that stretches 230 miles north and south from the northern Twin Cities suburbs to International Falls and from Duluth to Park Rapids, 160 miles west.

Mills, 42, lives in the Brainerd Lakes area and is part of the family that founded the retail store Mills Fleet Farm, in which he serves as a vice president. Mills announced his campaign in 2013 saying he wants to “return our government to the people” and with messages against gun control measures.

The convention begins at 9 a.m. at Park Rapids High School.