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Former U.S. Rep. Nolan formally to announce 8th District bid

Democrat Rick Nolan, who served three terms in Congress from 1975 to 1980, will officially announce Wednesday that he’s running against Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack in Minnesota’s 8th District.

He’s scheduled to make several stops in the district, and one in St. Paul, to publicize his campaign’s kickoff.

Nolan lives near Crosslake and has a financial interest in an Emily sawmill and pallet factory, according to the Brainerd Dispatch. He had served as head of the World Trade Center in St. Paul for a while after leaving Congress.

He has said he’s opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is very concerned about the widening gap between the rich and the middle class.

Said the Brainerd paper in April:

At 67, he said he still has a passion for public service. He said he’s stayed involved in politics, behind the scenes. In the 2010 election he helped manage District 12 Senate candidate Taylor Stevenson’s campaign. He said he still picks wild rice and harvests and boils maple syrup.

“If I didn’t know how old I was I would think I was 25,” he said.

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