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Another politician named Begich comes to northern Minnesota

There’s another politician named Begich hanging around the Iron Range this week.

Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, whose father was born and raised in Eveleth, is visiting the area with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whose father, writer Jim Klobuchar, was born in Ely.

Sen. Begich is the nephew of Joe Begich, a longtime elected official on the Range who served as mayor of Eveleth for four terms and then served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1974 to 1992. He was appointed to the IRRRB board in January by Gov. Mark Dayton.

On Friday, Sen. Begich will visit his uncle Joe and then join Klobuchar at the Iron Range Veterans Memorial in Virginia.  The two will also visit Chisholm.

“When Amy invited me to join her in Minnesota, it didn’t take long to say yes,” Sen. Begich said. His father, Nick Begich, was elected to the U.S. House from Alaska but died in a 1972 plane crash in Alaska with House Majority Leader Hale Boggs of Louisiana and two others.

Mark Begich is a former mayor of Anchorage and in 2008 defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Steven.

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