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Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan ponders run in the 8th

Rick Nolan, a DFLer who served three terms in Congress in the 1970s, says he’s seriously considering another run for office more than 30 years later.
Nolan told DFLers in Crow Wing County Saturday that he’s giving “real, serious consideration” to r

Rick Nolan, a DFLer who served three terms in Congress in the 1970s, says he’s seriously considering another run for office more than 30 years later.

Nolan told DFLers in Crow Wing County Saturday that he’s giving “real, serious consideration” to running against freshman GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District, reports the Brainerd Dispatch.

He said the ongoing U.S. wars, the federal deficit and entitlement programs are reasons he might run:

“It’s just getting very difficult to stand by on the sidelines,” he said. “This is a really important juncture in our nation’s history.”

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Nolan, 67, lives near Crosslake, said the paper. He lived in the United Arab Emirates and advised businesses after leaving Congress. He also served as head of the World Trade Center in St. Paul.

Cravaack upset longtime Congressman Jim Oberstar in November, ending a DFL stranglehold on the district.