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Web site founder announces Minn. run for Congress

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The founder of the CaringBridge Web site says she's running for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District.

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Sona Mehring announced her bid Tuesday that could pit her against veteran Republican Rep. John Kline in 2014. Mehring is running as a Democrat, but she's not the only candidate from her party expressing interest. Kline's 2012 challenger Mike Obermueller, a former state representative, has been gearing up for another campaign.

Mehring founded CaringBridge in 1997 as a way to let families dealing with a health crisis keep friends and relatives abreast of developments.

Kline has said he won't announce his political intentions until summer. He hasn't ruled out running for a statewide office. Kline has won the district south of the Twin Cities six times, but redistricting made it more competitive turf.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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