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Senator Al Franken (D-MN), far left, sits down with his challengers at the U.S. Senate Candidate’s Forum at Minnesota Farmfest on Wednesday in Redwood County. Pictured right of Franken are Republican challengers Mike McFadden, Jim Abler, David Carlson and Independent challenger Kevin Terrell. Craig Lassig / Reuters

Political Notebook: McFadden Chinese steel comment thrown back at him by Dems, unions

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REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - Republicans have courted Minnesota Iron Range voters by strongly supporting proposed copper-nickel mines as a new way to make money from the land.


In recent months, GOP candidates have made visit after visit to the normally Democratic northeastern part of the state, blasting Democrats for not fully jumping on board with the mines.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.