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Bryce Oakes models one of two Rick Santorum sweaters Jan. 19 being produced by the Bemidji Woolen Mills while store owner Bill Batchelder holds the other sweater. The sweaters are professionally knit in the warehouse, hand sewn, steamed and then shipped from the Bemidji business. MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER FILE PHOTO

Sweater vest provides 'surreal' appeal: Santorum notes Bemidji, manufacturer in concession speech

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BEMIDJI - Rick Santorum may have bowed out Tuesday as a Republican presidential candidate, but he didn't forget where he's been.

The former Pennsylvania senator, who trailed Mitt Romney as a distant second for the GOP nomination, made specific reference to Bemidji and Bemidji Woolen Mills, the manufacturer of his campaign's popular sweater vest.

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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