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John Carlson of Bemidji, newly announced Republican candidate for Minnesota Senate 4, talks to supporters Monday evening at The Cabin Coffeehouse, ending a day with "meet and greets" throughout the district. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Carlson launches Senate 4 campaign

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John Carlson, the Senate 4 Republican candidate, had tears in his eyes as he picked up and held infant granddaughter Kelli Marie.

"This is why I'm doing it," Carlson, with a crackling voice, said to supporters Monday evening at The Cabin Coffeehouse. "Right here -- it's because of her."


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